FC Barcelona’s Director of Football, Mateu Alemany, is working to finalize the club’s pending operations before his departure on June 30. One of the key signings he is pursuing is Belgian midfielder Yannick Carrasco from Atlético de Madrid, which he promised to Xavi Hernández according to Fichajes. Barcelona reportedly have a purchase option on the 29-year-old since January for approximately €19 million, but the director aims to lower the figure to around €10 million.
The idea is to have Carrasco join the Catalan squad as a reinforcement for the left-wing, where he would compete with Moroccan player Ez Abde and potentially Ansu Fati if the youngster isn’t sold this summer. Carrasco’s experience and talent would complement Abde’s youth and skill. Together, they would be part of a renewed Blaugrana attack, along with Raphinha and Dembele playing from the right flank, satisfying Xavi Hernández’s tactical demands.
Barcelona preparing for the transfer window
According to TalkSport, Alemany could also help the club reduce its wage bill by facilitating Ferran Torres’ transfer to Aston Villa. This move would enable Barcelona to register other players, especially the likes of Gavi, or create room for new signings.
Barca will have a busy summer transfer window and thus are preparing for a series of changes to its squad before Alemany’s departure. The potential signing of Yannick Carrasco and the departure of Ferran Torres are two significant transfer objectives that could be fulfilled shortly. Both moves would strengthen the team for next season, and they would allow Xavi to better implement his tactical objectives.
On top of this, multiple names have been linked with a move away from the club with the likes of Ansu Fati, Franck Kessie, Torres, Raphinha and many more being linked with an exit from Camp Nou due to the club’s financial situation. It remains to be seen how Alemany and President Joan Laporta resolve the many issues the club currently faces.