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Barcelona strategize transfer plans for next three windows

The Spanish champions have apparently drawn up a three-pronged strategy to buy three different players in the upcoming transfer windows

Barcelona seem to have one eye on the future. Even if things are all rosy given the domestic double, several reinforcements are targeted to keep the squad burgeoning for forthcoming challenges. Manager Ernesto Valverde also finds a lot on his plate, as he’s tasked with grooming in fresh legs given the aging squad.

Skipper Andres Iniesta is set to join Xavi in the sunset at the end of the season, while regulars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic are now into their 30s. The Blaugrana do have several younger names in the team, but not many of them have impressed and are eyeing a summer of clear-outs.

Reports suggest the first player on the radar for the revamp is Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, who’s perennially linked with them these days. The Frenchman himself appeared coy about his future recently when discussing the same, while the growing speculations threatened to boil over when Rojiblancos chief Miguel Gil slammed the Catalans.

Another player heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou is Arthur, who’s set to join early next year as the agreement terms don’t allow him to join the team at the immediate start of the next season. The Brazilian midfielder is understood to have tied up for a £26 million sum, having fended off challenges from Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, who too pursued his services.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are also set to promote Carles Alena to the senior side from the B-team, as the 20-year old has impressed with the academy.

The final piece of the jigsaw is Dutch sensation Frankie De Jong, who’s garnered attention from all over for his exploits with Ajax in the Eredivisie. But Barca is set to land the touted rising star, as they’ve purportedly reached an agreement for him through the club is yet to confirm the same.

Author’s Take

Barcelona has shown great discretion by laying down the plan. Having reinstated Spanish dominance, they now have their sights on prolonging it for years to come. And the transfer strategy devised further accentuates the same.

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