Barcelona boss Xavi ‘identifies five priority signings’ as Lionel Messi nears PSG exit | Football | Sport
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Barcelona boss Xavi ‘identifies five priority signings’ as Lionel Messi nears PSG exit | Football | Sport

Barcelona boss Xavi is reportedly targeting five summer signings at the end of the season with Lionel Messi's proposed return to Catalonia from Paris Saint-Germain considered to be 'the icing' on the cake. The Spaniard has overseen huge improvements this season in his first full campaign since his appointment back in November 2021.

After missing out on the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid last term, Barca have come back with a vengeance as they sit 12 points clear at the summit despite their humiliating 4-0 midweek defeat to Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey.

Yet despite Barcelona's impending success, Xavi is still going in search of further reinforcements despite the club's ongoing financial struggles.

Barca must raise excessive amounts of cash through player sales in order to remain in compliance with FFP but Spanish journalist Javi Miguel says there are five positions of firm interest.

It's understood a new right-back is one of the key areas on the agenda as central defender Jules Kounde has been playing out of position all season.

Ex-Tottenham star Juan Foyth, who has shone at Villarreal, remains of interest alongside Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Meunier.

At centre-back, Xavi wants some extra depth and Inigo Martinez of Athletic Bilbao is the main target under consideration as he is a cost-effective solution.

Atletico Madrid are also tracking the Spaniard meaning a deal will not be easy by any stretch of imagination.

An attack-minded midfielder is also on Barcelona's shortlist as they seek to add more creativity to their ranks.

They are among the clubs in the fray for Eintracht Frankfurt's Daichi Kamada, who is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Furthermore, some back-up for Robert Lewandowski would also be welcome with Barcelona among a long list of clubs in talks with the entourage of Brazilian talent Roque Vitor of Athletico Paranaense.

Should the Catalan giants balk at his excessive price tag, the return of Chelsea's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot yet be ruled out as he is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Finally, another left-winger is also deemed favourable and Yannick Carrasco is a name that continues to be linked with Barcelona after recently nearly joining the club.

It's understood that Xavi is also keen to bring Messi back to Spain from PSG if he does decide to leave France at the end of the season when his contract expires.

PSG do have the option to trigger his deal by an additional 12 months but the World Cup winner is undecided on his future after also receiving approaches from Inter Miami and Saudi Arabia.

In order to spend, Barcelona must first make room within their squad with Eric Garcia, Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie among those that could possibly make way.

Xavi is keen to continue building around the likes of Lewandowski, Pedri, Gavi, Raphinha, Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Araujo as he looks to reestablish Barcelona as a dominant force on the continental stage.

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