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Two signings that could transform Barcelona's midfield next season

Barcelona is on the hunt for key midfield reinforcements to boost their squad for the upcoming season. With financial constraints in mind, the club is targeting Mikel Merino from Real Sociedad and Xavi Simons from PSG. These potential signings could significantly enhance both the defensive and attacking facets of Barcelona’s midfield, positioning them strongly for success in the 2024 season.

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First Published Jun 18, 2024, 12:19 PM IST

Barcelona have been actively searching for a strong defensive midfielder, which is a top priority for the team. Although many names have been suggested, Barcelona have not made any significant progress in securing a deal so far.

At one point, Barcelona was close to signing Guido Rodriguez from Real Betis. However, the timing was off, and complications with the Financial Fair Play regulations caused the deal to fall through. Despite these setbacks, Barcelona remain hopeful. They are working towards meeting the 1:1 financial rule, which would allow them more flexibility in pursuing their targets.

Here are two potential signings who could greatly improve Barcelona’s midfield for the upcoming season:

Mikel Merino

Mikel Merino’s performance during the 2023/24 season went under the radar, but he has proven to be one of the best options for Barcelona as they look to strengthen their midfield. Playing for Real Sociedad, Merino had a strong season, scoring eight goals in all competitions. He is also reliable on defense, averaging 2.3 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, and 1.7 clearances per game over 43 matches.

Strengthening the defensive midfield is crucial for Barcelona, and Merino fits the bill with his experience and skill set. His contract with Real Sociedad is set to expire in a year, making him a viable target for a club with financial constraints like Barcelona. It must be noted that his release clause is €65 million, which is too high for Barcelona, so they plan to offer €30 million instead. Negotiations will likely continue throughout the summer as Barcelona tries to secure Merino within their budget.

Xavi Simons

Xavi Simons could be a fantastic addition to the Barcelona squad. In Flick’s 4-2-3-1 system, an attacking midfielder is essential, and Simons could be the perfect fit. Currently with PSG, Simons spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig and is expected to be loaned out again, which could work in Barcelona’s favour given their financial challenges.

However, the arrival of Flick as coach has slowed down Barcelona’s pursuit of the midfielder. Despite this, discussions about bringing him back to Barcelona have been ongoing. Simons himself prefers a move to Barcelona over other clubs. If Barcelona can secure Simons, they would gain a highly skilled attacking midfielder who could significantly boost their offence.

The challenge will be convincing PSG to let Simons go. If Barcelona can manage this, Simons would add a lot of creativity and offensive power to the team.

Barcelona are focused on strengthening their midfield by signing key players. While Merino would provide much-needed defensive support, Simons would enhance the team’s attacking capabilities. The club’s financial situation poses challenges, but they remain optimistic about making these crucial signings to improve their squad for the next season.

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