Barcelona, yesterday took the unusual step of announcing their summer transfer budget as they attempt to reduce the club’s debt. Coach Pep Guardiola has been told he has in the region of £40 million to spend on new signings plus any money obtained from sales.
One player who looks set to leave the club this summer is striker Bojan Krkic who found his first team opportunities limited this season with the form of Pedro and David Villa. He is in talks with Udinese about a possible transfer whilst Liverpool are also said to be interested along with Roma. It has been reported that Bojan may form part of the deal which sees Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez move in the other direction. Barcelona team-mate Jeffren has also been linked with a move to the Premier League but looks set to stay at the Nou Camp for at least one more season.
There remains uncertainty around the possible transfer of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal as the two clubs continue to clash over the asking price. It has become apparent in recent times that Arsenal would be willing to sell for a figure of around £45-50 million but Barcelona are only prepared to pay £35 million. The continued clash between the two clubs may crush Fabregas’ dream to return to his home club. It remains to be seen how much Barcelona want Fabregas at the club as they already boast arguably two of the best central midfielders in the world in Xavi and Andres Iniesta. With the type of formation they play, that leaves room for just one more player in the Barcelona midfield and Sergio Busquets has made the defensive midfield spot his own this season and is currently also first choice for his country.
Giuseppe Rossi is another name on the wanted list but Villarreal would command a figure of around £30 million and this may prove to be a stumbling block in the deal. It is quite remarkable that when discussing the best team in the world, which Barcelona undoubtedly are, that their squad is considered extremely thin. They have an outstanding starting 11 who seem to stay fit for a considerable amount of time, but beyond that, they lack squad players, seeming to rely on the young players that are coming through the youth ranks. A large number of Barcelona young stars will be in action at the weekend when Spain Under-21 take on England Under-21 in the European Under-21 Championships on Sunday as Barcelona attempt to produce another team capable of dominating world football.