Transfer speculation season is set to go into overdrive in the coming weeks, with the top sides from La Liga linked with names from across the globe as newspapers look to fill their gossip pages.
After securing their La Liga title defence in April, FC Barcelona were then unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by Liverpool – an instance that is likely to govern their spending this summer.
Domestic success has been achieved with efficiency under manager Ernesto Valverde, and despite the likely re-emergence of Real Madrid in 2019-20 – following a busy summer of moves – he knows that he faces real pressure for success in Europe next season.
With a squad that is seeing its key player tick over 30, Valverde has responded with signings that are ideally going to form the bedrock of the club for seasons to come with a deal for Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong already secured.
The Catalan side are likely to push their interest in De Jong’s team mate Matthijs De Ligt and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the coming weeks, whilst Adrien Rabiot remains a name linked with the Camp Nou.
Rabiot was frozen out at PSG for the second half of the 2018-19 campaign, with manager Thomas Tuhcel making it clear that the French international would not play for the club again with his contract expiring in June 2019.
Now as a free agent, Rabiot is free to join any club, with reported interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich as well as the La Liga champions.
However a move for the 24-year old could be an error from Valverde, despite he being available on a free transfer.
His time at PSG ended in acrimony, with doubts over his attitude and commitment to the demands of being a professional and that is not an atmosphere that Valverde will want to foster, if he is serious about developing a new side in Catalonia.
With Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique nearing the final stages of their respective careers, De Jong and De Ligt would be ideal replacements already experienced in playing for a club with an illustrious history, with the balance and maturity to handle it.
Rabiot, despite his technical ability, is not a building block of a player and despite the attraction of being a five-time league title winner, he is not the player FC Barcelona needs.
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