Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United pairs on Barcelona wishlist

Barcelona have eight Premier League players on their extensive list of transfer targets.

Despite having absolutely no discernible money whatsoever, Barcelona continue to be mentioned with regards to Erling Haaland, Richarlison and numerous other players who might otherwise be expected to command substantial transfer fees.

Even with the financial difficulties that forced the exit of club icon Lionel Messi as a free agent in the summer, Barcelona have already signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City for an initial £46.7m this month.

But the Catalan club are continuing in their attempts to cut costs, as Philippe Coutinho’s loan to Aston Villa has combined with Sergio Aguero’s retirement to make room in the squad for new arrivals.

Ousmane Dembele has also been told “he has to leave immediately,” with Barcelona trying to find a buying club for the Frenchman before the current transfer window closes.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has shed some light on possible incomings, with an ‘endless’ list of targets either for January or the summer.

Xavi is specifically wedded to the idea of ‘incorporating a striker’ at the Nou Camp, meaning that most of the 17 players named are forwards. Alvaro Morata is the Spaniard’s preference but Edinson Cavani remains an option, despite Ralf Rangnick persuading the Uruguayan into a U-turn over his Manchester United future.

Old Trafford teammate Alex Telles is also mentioned as being on the Barcelona shortlist for January.

In terms of strikers, Chelsea man Timo Werner and Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will be considered, as well as ‘cule executioner’ Divock Origi of Liverpool.

Arthur Cabral, who has attracted the interest of Arsenal, is another possibility, along with the unattached Diego Costa, with Paulo Dybala, Dusan Vlahovic and Patrick Schick among the far more difficult signings to bring in.

The other players linked with Barcelona are Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui, Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, Chelsea duo Antonio Rudiger and Hakim Ziyech, with Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi rounding off the names.

As Mundo Deportivo themselves say, ‘the list is very long’. And it doesn’t even include Jadon Sancho, who has also been ‘offered’ to the Spanish side.

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