Barcelona failed to live up to their expectation in what was Luis Enrique’s final season at the Camp Nou as they failed to lift either the league title or the Champions League trophy last season.
However, they have acted quickly and have already appointed former Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde as the new head coach at the club and are looking to make some additions to their squad already.
The new boss has some particular targets in mind and has already started planning for the next season.
It is understood that Valverde is ready to let up to five first-team players leave this summer in search of regular football but is also ready to make some stellar signings this summer.
A number of world class players have been linked with a move to the club this summer and it is now revealed that Valverde has some gigantic plans for the club.
According to reports from Spain, Valverde is pondering over using Lionel Messi in a midfield role next season.
The Argentine international had an average season according to his standards but has shown that he has not lost his touch and magic in the final third.
Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr have done an excellent job as his partners but it is now understood that the new boss at the Camp Nou has a new position for their talisman.
Reports in France claim that Valverde wants to re-sign Everton star Gerard Deulofeu this summer.
The Spanish international was regarded as the next Messi in his time at the La Masia academy but he had to be sold, to find regular game time elsewhere in Europe.
He failed to have the kind of an impact expected of him in England and was loaned out to Italian outfit AC Milan, where he enjoyed a decent season for the Italian giants.
However, he may have now convinced the Barcelona hierarchy that he is ready for the next step and it is understood that Valverde wants him to be a crucial part of his squad next season.
Infact, it is revealed that the manager wants Deulofeu to play on the wing and is ready to push Messi into a number 10 role, to improve Barcelona’s quality in front of goal.
But do you think Lionel can adapt to this position and still score so many goals next season?