9th June, 2019
Despite winning the La Liga title for the eighth time in the last 10 years, Barcelona do not consider their 2018/19 to have been successful by their high standards. The main reason for such self-critical approach is certainly the infamous Champions League failure, though they also fell short in the Copa Del Rey, having lost the final to Valencia.
Big changes in the squad are needed, and having secured the services of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, they are preparing to move for other big-name targets in the transfer market. However, before they can go out on a massive spending spree, they need to cut some weight off.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan club have had concrete offers for a number of fringe players, namely winger Malcom, goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, midfielders Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, and defender Nelson Semedo.
However, there still haven’t been any takers for Philippe Coutinho, whom they’ve been planning to sell first and recoup at least some of the €160 million which they splashed out on his signature back in January 2018.
Barca have been linked most heavily with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, and they’ve been looking for a long-term successor to striker Luis Suarez.