A panic might be swelling in Camp Nou, and it could lead to several transfer moves this summer.
In one week, Barcelona have fallen from Champions League grace, slipped back to third on La Liga table, and fell to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. Indeed, it was a bad week for the Catalans.
Gareth Bale’s crushing wonder goal in the Copa del Rey was especially defeating for Barcelona, and it could be the tipping point that forces the Catalans to explore several of the players they’ve been eyeing for the last two months.
Assuming FIFA’s transfer suspension is reduced, it appears Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus could be a real option. The 24-year-old has netted 28 goals in 58 appearances since joining Dortmund from Monchengladbach two years ago, and he’s one of the main reasons Dortmund has enjoyed their recent success at nearly every level.
However, Barcelona will have to compete with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. The Old Trafford club especially has an edge according to Express, with former teammate and now-Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze stating Reus has said before he “wanted” a move to United.
Other than his estimated market value of £35 million and contract holding him until 2017, Reus’s playing time with Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets could be a major problem going forward.
Barcelona could also pull the trigger on a deal for Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who reportedly wants to leave White Hart Lane unless Spurs remain at least in UEFA contention, according to Daily Mirror. Ranking fourth in the Premier league with 12 clean sheets, PSG and Atletico Madrid are also in hot pursuit of Lloris.
Presumably, Lloris would fill the role of regular starter currently occupied by Victor Valdes, but it will cost Barcelona upwards of £14 million.
Lastly, the Catalans could beat Madrid to the chase for Mallorca winger Marco Asensio, according to Talk Sport late last month. Asensio is a hot 18-year-old commodity that moved up from Mallorca’s B-team earlier this season and has only made four appearances, but paying his £3.3 million release clause now is seen as a bargain for his potential production in the near-future.
Along with Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester City and Fiorentina are also interested in Asensio which means the bidding could only have just begun.