Barça’s Plan to Strengthen Squad for Next Season: Targeting Athletic’s Nico Williams

Barça’s Plan to Strengthen Squad for Next Season: Targeting Athletic’s Nico Williams

Barça’s sports management He is working on preparing the squad for next season. A squad that wants to incorporate top-class footballers to avoid repeating another year without titles. Xavi is very clear about the team’s needs and has already conveyed to Deco his list of priorities, which include strengthening the midfield position, the interiors and the forwards.

Deco is working under the premise that the club can go to the market under the 1:1 rule and that financial fair play allows all signings to be registered. Under these two premises, The most liked piece to complete the attack line is Athletic’s left winger Nico Williams. Lamine Yamal is untouchable on the right wing and Robert Lewandowski will continue to be the reference in the center. The only thing missing is a player capable of unbalancing on the left like the one from Mataró does on the right.

Raphinha has had to end up retraining in that position after the emergence of Lamine and the plague of injuries that have limited the alternatives to Xavi. The Brazilian has provided intensity, unchecking, pressure and defensive sacrifice, but the coaching staff and sports management consider that they need a more unbalancing player in one-on-one situations.

Nico Williams has been the object of Blaugrana desire for a long time. So much so that Barça tested his incorporation taking advantage of the fact that his contract expired in 2025. The youngest Nico ended up renewing with Athletic until 2027, but he kept an ace up his sleeve, a termination clause of only 50 million that did not allow him. will close the exit door.

Formed in the red and white club, Nico’s dream was to play in the Champions League with Athletic, a goal that has become complicated in recent days. After winning the Cup, the lions’ first title after 40 years of drought, The Spanish international would listen to the Blaugrana proposal as long as Ernesto Valverde’s team qualifies for the top European competition.

And just as Nico is Barça’s priority, The Blaugrana club is also the first option that the winger considers if he leaves Athletic. The Premier League has not quite seduced him and the footballer would be delighted to put himself under Xavi’s orders to join a project in which he would be one of the pillars.

The arrival of Nico Williams would close the way for the current owner of that left winger, Raphinha. The club is considering important offers for the Brazilian striker. The most succulent, from al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, who will be willing to pay one hundred million between fixed and variables.

The transfer of Raphinha would leave a lot of profit margin in the balance sheet and would allow the ‘Nico operation’ to be addressed, in addition to freeing up the fair-play necessary to register the Athletic forward.

The club has already informed Raphinha of its intentions and, although it will respect the decision he makes, The Brazilian forward already knows that if he continues in the Blaugrana squad next season it will be with a secondary role.

2024-05-11 06:00:58
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