FC Barcelona target new Italian Serie A midfield signing under Xavi
With club legend Xavi Hernandez finally set to be revealed today as their new head coach, FC Barcelona are already making plans for the upcoming transfer windows
Last week, it was reported that given knocks to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite, a striker would be fancied in January to bolster the front line.
Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati have since joined the mentioned pair on the injury list in clashes against Dynamo Kiev and Celta Vigo in the Champions League and La Liga respectively, and Manchester United's Edinson Cavani apparently has preference over Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette while probably cheaper due to his age and when his contract expires next summer.
Luckily for Xavi, he has a wealth of talent at his disposal in his former center of the park area, which has emerged in the past year.
Snapped up for arguably the biggest bargain of all time in a €5mn ($5.8m) deal from Las Palmas, his predecessor Ronald Koeman deserves credit for at least blooding in Pedri and helping the youngster turn into an already established Spain international.
The same logic applies to Gavi, Spain's youngest ever debutant when he faced Italy in the Nations League semi-final last month, and Nico Gonzalez, who was called up to their U21 squad recently.
Given the way that Pedri was burnt out over the last season, however, in playing no fewer than 75 matches, he has already begun to show signs of wear and tear as has Nico when pulling up and having to be brought off against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
So far, so good with Gavi. But there is still the need to strengthen the squad in that part of the pitch which SPORT claim, via La Reppublica, has led the Blaugrana to Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic.
Valued at €40m ($46.2m), cash-strapped Barca wouldn't have to pay a penny of that amount given that, like Cavani, he is a free man on June 30 and can talk to who he wishes as per potential new employers from the turn of the year onwards.
Able to adopt a variety of positions in midfield, the multifunctional 28-year-old is an established Croatia star and was part of the national team outfit that got all the way to the final of the World Cup in 2018.
Renewal talks have currently hit a brick wall with the Italian Serie A holders who wish for him to stay on at the San Siro, and Barca can snatch him away if they make the right personal offer.