Barcelona may be in the middle of a crisis, but that hasn’t stopped them from signing these four players this summer.
COVID-19 has exposed Barcelona’s precarious financial situation at possibly the worst moment.
Reinforcements are needed, with the squad short of both quality and quantity. This was painfully obvious in their last LaLiga game where just five players, including two goalkeepers, made the bench.
To appease everyone, Josep Maria Bartomeu has promised Barcelona will remain ‘market-movers’ in the transfer window.
The club president recently told TV3: “The coming market will be very different. The big clubs will be limited by economic problems, but Barca are always a market-mover.”
So here on Ronaldo.com, we give you the four players who will be heading to Camp Nou this summer.
Francisco Trincao – €31m
The 20-year-old is one of the Portuguese football’s great hopes for the future. Some people, in fact, have already compared him to Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
Barcelona signed Trincao back in January for €31m on a five-year deal. The winger has since spent the rest of this season at Braga, managing 9 goals and 13 assists in 40 games. He’ll link-up with his new team-mates this summer.
Matheus Fernandes – €7m
Fernandes agreed to a deadline day €7m transfer to Barcelona back in January. Like Trincao, however, he didn’t immediately join the Blaugrana, instead heading out on loan to Real Valladolid.
But COVID-19 and hamstring injuries meant Fernandes only made three appearances for the Pucela.
Nonetheless, the central midfielder is highly rated and will have a €300m release clause on his five-year contract.
Pedri – €5m
The 17-year-old is one of the most promising young talents in Spanish football and will join Barcelona in a €5m deal next month.
Pedri currently plays for Las Palmas in the Spanish second division, where he’s managed three goals and seven assists in 35 games to help the club challenge for promotion this season.
Rumors in the Spanish press already claim that Bayern Munich would like to sign Pedri on loan with a buy option included, despite the teenager having not even set foot in Camp Nou yet.
Miralem Pjanic – €65m (plus Arthur)
Barcelona agreed on a €65m deal to sign Pjanic from Juventus for this summer last month, with Arthur Melo heading to Turin as part of the deal.
The 30-year-old heads to Catalonia hoping for a fresh start after a tough season at Juventus. He fell below expectations in Maurizio Sarri’s system and, therefore, had to make way.
Pjanic has agreed on a four-year contract at Barcelona with a release clause of €400m included.