Second in La Liga and ingloriously eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Barcelona is coming out of a complicated season. So to find the heights, the Catalan club intends to ignite the summer transfer window. Not very active in recent weeks, Barça, with a check for € 207 million collected following the sale of a percentage of its TV rights, now seems ready to move up a gear.
From Raphinha to Robert Lewandowski via Kalidou Koulibaly, Franck Kessié or even Andreas Christensen, the targets are numerous and Joan Laporta, the boss of the Culés, wanted to make an update. Asked at the Hostal de la Gavina, the Catalan leader notably mentioned the case of the Polish striker: “He’s a Bayern player. Everyone knows he’s a great player, but I would prefer to keep the reserve because he’s a Bayern player. We know he has publicly stated that he wants to come to Barca and we are very flattered, but we have all the respect for Bayern Munich, who are one of the best clubs in the world. Between the clubs, we respect each other.”.
Joan Laporta will do everything to retain Frenkie de Jong!
Relaunched on the other files, Laporta also confirmed the significant progress made in the Raphinha case. In the Leeds jersey last season, the Brazilian should indeed settle in Catalonia this summer despite the interests of Chelsea and Arsenal: “Raphinha wants to come to Barca. We have communication and have spoken with Leeds.”, thus assured the boss of the Culés. Furthermore, President Laporta gave more details on the schedule of presentations of Kessié and Christensen as new FC Barcelona players.
If the former Milan midfielder will be presented on Wednesday, the former Chelsea central defender should be presented to him next Thursday. Asked, finally, about the Frenkie de Jong case, Laporta then frowned, ensuring that he did everything to keep the Batavian, and this despite strong interest from Manchester United : “there are a lot of clubs who want him, not just Man United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay. I will do everything in my power to ensure that Frenkie stays, but it is also a question of salary and it would have to be adjusted.. The message is clear !