Spanish giants Barcelona will be looking to make more signings this summer, according to their manager Ernesto Valverde. The coach has insisted that the signing of Malcom will not be last for the club in this summer.
The Catalan club has already managed to sign Arthur Melo and Clement Lenglet before swooping in Malcom from Bordeaux. The Brazilian is one of the highly rated young wingers in Europe and was close to joining AS Roma.
He was due for a medical in Rome but Barcelona managed to hijack the deal in the last moment. The club payed Bordeaux €41 million to land the 21-year old Brazilian star. The midfield is yet to be sorted for Barcelona as Andres Iniesta and Paulinho had left the club.
Barcelona are currently leading the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. However, they would need to spend huge money to land the French star. But Valverde recognizes the need to fill the void in midfield and the necessity to strengthen it.
“We’re open to any possibility,” Valverde said at a news conference at UCLA.
“It’s true that we’ve had some big departures in midfield [Andres Iniesta and Paulinho], so it’s likely that we will make more signings. We will try to build the most competitive squad possible, keeping in mind the fact that Andres and Paulinho have left.”
Barcelona are currently in United States to begin their pre season. The Spanish champions will take on English club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as part of International Champions Cup. The club will then lock horns with AS Roma and AC Milan in remaining games of their pre-season tour.
Barca Stars Unavailable, Expectations High
The club currently misses a host of international stars due to world cup. The Barca stars are currently enjoying their holidays after the World Cup and are expected to join the team soon. As always the expectations are high at the club as the fans expect Barca to win all the possible titles.
After a drought in Champions League, Barcelona are expected to challenge for the title this season. However, the void left by Andres Iniesta could hurt the team in the decisive games. In order to avoid the situation, the team management should sign a top class midfielder before the end of the transfer window.