Barcelona are reportedly eyeing up a surprise move for Napoli hitman Lorenzo Insigne. The Catalan giants have already enjoyed a positive start to the transfer window, snapping up the likes of Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero so far. And they’re also open to selling four players.
Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last term under Ronald Koeman, beating Athletic Bilbao in the final to lift the prize.
However, while they still scooped a trophy, the season was a failure overall.
That’s because Barcelona failed to get anywhere near winning the Champions League, while they were also beaten to the La Liga title by fierce rivals Atletico Madrid.
With Joan Laporta now back as club president, they’re determined to strengthen their squad as they seek an improved campaign next time out.
And Kiss Kiss Napoli, via Sport, have claimed Barcelona are looking at a surprising move for Napoli hitman Insigne.
The Italy international is currently at Euro 2020, where he’s scored one goal from two appearances at the tournament so far.
But, despite Griezmann’s obvious qualities, the 2018 World Cup champion has come nowhere near to living up to expectations over at the Nou Camp.
Martin Braithwaite will be offloaded, with the Denmark international wanted by clubs in the Premier League – as well as side in Russia, with negotiations under way.
Francisco Trincao made 28 La Liga appearances last term and, at the age of 21, has immense promise.
But Barcelona aren’t convinced and are supposedly ready to jettison the forward as well, despite his importance to Koeman last time out.
And a fourth player they’re ready to offload is Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled for consistency ever since his move from Liverpool back in the January transfer window of 2018.
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Regarding Insigne, it’s claimed Barcelona haven’t started negotiations for a potential deal just yet.
But it’s easy to see why they’re interested in the 30-year-old, especially given their desire to boost their chances of titles next term.
Speaking recently, Barcelona president Laporta insisted there would be three or four more signings – and insisted he wanted to make the team competitive again.
“There will be three or four more signings, we are creating a very competitive team. We’re going to make a very competitive team,” he said.
“We’ve already seen it with the additions of Eric Garcia, Aguero and Emerson and the other players who are on the verge of signing.”
Another priority for Barcelona is a new contract for Lionel Messi.
The 34-year-old is expected to sign fresh terms, a month after Laporta insisted the Argentina international loves the club.
“Things are going well with Messi but it’s not done yet,” he said four weeks ago.
“Our relationship is very good, Messi loves Barca – we want him to continue.
“He deserves more and could get a better contract somewhere else but I’m convinced he appreciates the efforts we are making.”