Laporta’s transfer promise
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has promised that the Spanish club will sign several quality players this summer.
The Catalan giants have recently completed the free transfer of Sergio Aguero on a two-year contract, and the 32-year-old will not be the only quality signing at the Spanish club.
They have been linked with a move for the Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as well.
Laporta claims that Barcelona want Lionel Messi to stay at the club, and they are looking to put together a competitive squad.
It has been a disappointing season for the Spanish giants, and it will be interesting to see if they can bounce back strongly and win the league title or the Champions League next season.
“We told Koeman we were trying to sign Kun Aguero; any coach would want to have him in their squad,” the Barcelona president told reporters.
“Kun’s signing is important because he is an exceptional player; he plays in a position that is very important in any system and in ours too.”
He added: “We want him in a competitive team, we also want Leo to stay, and he knows that. He is the first of a series of signings you will see in the coming month.”
Eric Garcia’s massive release clause
Meanwhile, the Spanish outfit have completed the signing of Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City as well.
According to reports, Garcia will have a €400 million buyout clause in his contract, and it is safe to assume that the 20-year-old is not leaving the club anytime soon.
A statement on Barcelona’s website reads: “A payer with a great future ahead of him, he is a defender very much suited to Barca’s style of play.
“Captain at every level during his time at La Masia, always with the number 3 on his back, Garcia grew up with Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano as his role models.”
Garcia was highly rated at Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola was unable to provide him with regular game time, and therefore the youngster has decided to return to Spain with Barcelona.
It will be interesting to see if the 20-year-old can hold down a regular starting berth at Camp Nou next season. The youngster has been tipped to replace Gerard Pique as the side’s next defensive leader.