- Barcelona want to complete their transfer business ahead of the Spanish Supercopa, as claimed by Mundo Deportivo
- Coach Ernesto Valverde wants to work with a small group of players this season
Barcelona have been working on possible arrivals for a long time now, with manager Ernesto Valverde’s sermon loud and clear – Get the signings sorted as soon as possible and don’t drag things unnecessarily. The only noteworthy Barcelona Transfer News so has been Arthur Melo‘s arrival and Paulinho’s departure to China after a year in Catalonia.
Valverde wants all new signings sorted before the Supercopa
In their today’s edition, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have reported that Valverde is in no rush to push for the second signing and understands that negotiations can take time but he is insistent on getting the deals across the line and to be able to count on his new players as soon as possible, so as to have them enter the team’s dynamics, understand the routine and accelerate their adaption process as much as possible.
Antoine Griezmann was on his way to Camp Nou but ultimately decided to stay at Atletico Madrid. Post that, the Camp Nou bosses have been trading their path with caution as far as letting out any Barcelona Transfer News has been concerned. They have indeed paid heed to Valverde’s instructions and have made it a mission to close at least one more signing before facing Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana on August 12 in Tangier.
Malcom and Rabiot the possible arrivals at Camp Nou
The most likely arrival at this stage is Bordeaux winger Malcom, whose move to AS Roma has been hijacked by Barcelona at the eleventh hour. Chelsea winger Willian has also been featuring in most Barcelona Transfer News columns of late but he is now unlikely to join as his fees is big stumbling block. The Ligue 1 market closes on August 31 but the Premier League transfer window will shut early on August 9 this year. As such, unless Maurizio Sarri can find a suitable replacement prior to that, he will not sanction Willian’s departure.
Another exciting player who has been making headlines in Barcelona Transfer News stories in recent times is young Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. President Josep Maria Bartomeu will try to close the negotiations soon so as to get Rabiot on-board quickly with enough time to spare.
Valverde, who will be serving his second season on the Camp Nou bench, wants to avoid a scenario like last summer where only Nelson Semedo was signed in the month of July. Paulinho was nowhere to be seen until the mid of August and Ousmane Dembele was brought in as a hush hush replacement for Neymar in the dying minutes of deadline day.
Another important thing to note in Barcelona Transfer News today is that the 54-year-old tactician has requested a similar approach to all the possible departures, more so with those players who have zero future at the club. Valverde wants to work with a short squad of 22 players and wants to do so from the first minute of the start of official competitions in the upcoming season.
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