After Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Real Madrid last night, manager Xavi Hernandez insisted he still needs more reinforcements in his squad to compete for trophies.
In particular, Xavi wants to sign a new right-back and a creative midfielder, and he has targets in mind.
According to Javi Miguel, these are Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo and Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso, and Xavi will push for Barcelona to sign them this summer.
Barcelona tried to sign Cancelo on loan in January, but City rejected the approach in favor of sending him to Bayern Munich. They can now re-bid for the Portuguese, who is unlikely to be part of Pep Guardiola’s plans for the new season.
Xavi is a big fan of Lo Celso, who is expected to be available for a move this summer after spending the last 18 months on loan at Villarreal.
Barcelona may be able to use a swap deal for the Argentine, as Spurs are said to be interested in Clement Lenglet and Franck Kessie.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona are able to meet Xavi’s demands, but if they are, he will feel his squad is fully complete ahead of the new season, which starts in less than two weeks.