Barcelona started the reconstruction of the team during the winter market, but left the megatransfers - due to the bad financial situation - for the summer. It will be a summer of mathematical acrobatics during which the Catalan club will try to lure Erling Haaland to Camp Nou, beat the competition, and send a clear message - Barcelona is not clinically dead and is ready to return to the top.
Big plans are being made in Catalonia - although it is not clear to anyone how Blaugrana will close the financial construction - and the engagement of the Norwegian goal machine is not the only bomb for which detonation is being prepared in Barcelona.
Erling Haaland will be the first target of the stumbled giant, there is no dispute because President Joan Laporta is obsessed with Borussia Dortmund striker and is convinced that with that signature he would make a marketing boom, strengthen his position, but also continue to raise the club from the ashes.
Barcelona needs a direct victory over Real Madrid and other European teams, which are financially far more powerful at the moment, and it also needs to strengthen the last line of the team. Xavi is determined to carry out the reform.
Xavi and Jules Kounde
According to the Catalan Sport, which often has accurate information, Xavi immediately after taking over the club's helm emphasized to the bosses who was his first pick for the central defender- Jules Koundé.
The Barcelona strategist insists on signing defender in the summer transfer window and there is no dilemma as to who should be the supporting pillar of the Catalan club in the next decade. The choice fell on the Sevilla defender.
Among Xavi's first demands was Jules Koundé's arrival at the Camp Nou. During the winter, that operation was impossible. Barcelona registered Ferran Torres, Dani Alves, Adam Traore, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang with a lot of difficulties, and there was no theoretical chance to bring in another capital.
They broke out only for the Spanish offensive player, but even that transfer goes to deferred payment. Even in the summer, Blaugrana will not be able to finish the job smoothly, and if they really think of reaching Kounde - a player in negotiations with Chelsea for more than a year - they will have to pay 80,000,000 euros in the name of transfer to Sevilla.
There are so many clauses. Seville had several offers on the table for the French defender and did not accept them. They blindly kept to Ramon Sanchez Pisjuan the numbers they set out to get, and Kounde has so far not put pressure on the club to leave.
However, they know in Andalusia that next summer is the right time for mega-sales because the giants are increasingly interested in their standard defenders.