Report: Champions League club make 97-cap Man City man their priority over Liverpool star

Sam Preston March 9, 2021
Report: Champions League club make 97-cap Man City man their priority over Liverpool star
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Barcelona are plotting summer swoops for Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, as per Eurosport.

Joan Laporta is back at the Nou Camp as President and is setting about defining the club’s transfer plan for the summer.

Barcelona’s finances are a shambles so they’re seemingly only shopping for cheap and free transfers in the summer.

And the report claims that a new striker is a priority over everything – which means landing Aguero is more important to them than signing Wijnaldum.

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Laporta’s first goal is trying to convince Lionel Messi to stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

One way to do that would be bringing in his international compatriot Aguero, who’s played 97 times for Argentina.

Barca let Luis Suarez leave to join Atletico Madrid in the summer and have paid the price for it.

They’ve looked short on firepower while Suarez has fired Atletico to the top of the table.

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Wijnaldum would have the chance to link up with international teammate Frenkie de Jong at Barca – and former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman is in the hotseat.

Both men are out of contract at the end of the season, making them among the most attractive propositions available for Barcelona.

They will be tough to replace without a transfer fee coming in the other way, especially in another window set to be impacted by the pandemic.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.