A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered a comprehensive update on Barcelona’s policy in the market, not only in the upcoming January transfer window but also at the end of the season.
There are no doubts that the club are actively looking for a new right-back in January, especially amidst the uncertain future of Hector Bellerin. But it appears the club will target only one big signing next summer, while the others may come in the form of free transfers or loan arrivals.
This is because Barcelona are dealing with the Financial Fair Play regulations and will not be in a position to rely on economic levers from next summer. This will significantly impact their spending prowess in the market.
Everything indicates Martin Zubimendi will be the main target for Barcelona in 2023, with the Real Sociedad midfielder being identified as the long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
The veteran Barcelona midfielder is expected to leave Camp Nou at the end of the season. Xavi is keen on prolonging his spell at the club for at least another season, but no agreement has been reached as of yet.
Zubimendi is Xavi’s preferred option to replace Busquets, but the midfielder’s €60 million release clause is seen as a hurdle by the club.
As for the other signings, Barça are keeping close tabs on the upcoming January transfer window. They are monitoring the situations of players that have their contracts expiring at the end of the season, and are exploring the option to offer a pre-contract agreement next month.
Players such as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante fall into this category. Diogo Dalot was also an option, but the Portuguese international is likely an unattainable target as Manchester United have an option the extend the right-back’s contract for another year.
Another option Barça are exploring is Azzedine Ounahi, who has emerged as one of the rising stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He has been identified as a cost-effective alternative in the midfield department, where Xavi wants to add more competition for Pedri and Gavi.