FC Barcelona prepares a major offensive for a crack from Unai Emery


By: Manu Tournoux

Left behind in the race for the La Liga title by Real Madrid, who are currently seven points ahead of their eternal rival, FC Barcelona intends to be active in the summer transfer window to achieve some resounding blows. While waiting for the definitive arrival of Vitor Roque after his visit to Catalonia in the middle of the week, Barça will concentrate on the search for a midfielder. The latest news is that the name of Aleix Garcia, impressive in the colors of Girona since the start of the season, has been mentioned in the Catalan city. But this Friday, SPORT reports that the Blaugrana management has activated a new track abroad.

According to the Spanish media, FC Barcelona have set their sights on Douglas Luiz. Like his team, the Brazilian midfielder gets everyone in agreement in the Premier League. Under the leadership of Unai Emery, the 25-year-old has reached a new milestone this season. Despite his remote position, the native of Rio de Janeiro demonstrated his ability to be decisive to become one of the pillars of the Villans. In order to put all the chances on his side, the sporting director of Barça, Deco, would have gone in person across the Channel to supervise the Brazilian. However, Barça will have to put their hands in their pockets if they wish to recruit him since the player, under contract until June 2026 with the Birmingham club, is valued at €60 million.

Barça will have to fight!

Furthermore, the Catalan daily specifies that the Culers will certainly have to face strong competition in this matter. Thus, Arsenal, who had already tried their luck last summer, could return to the charge this winter, although their departure from Villa Park in January is ruled out. Appreciated by Mikel Arteta, the Auriverde international (10 caps) is today considered one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. A return which could even increase the auctions since SPORT adds that Monchi, the Villans’ general director of professional football, could ask for 100 million euros to let go of his protégé.

One thing is certain: if this file remains complex, especially given the limited finances of FC Barcelona, ​​the arrival of Douglas Luiz in Catalonia would be a major coup achieved by Deco and his teams. Author of 6 goals and 5 assists in 27 matches in all competitions since the start of the season, the former Manchester City and Girona player is one of the great architects of the third place currently occupied by Aston Villa in the league. Versatile, precise in his transmissions (88% success), tactically intelligent and omnipresent in the duel (6 balls recovered per match on average), Douglas Luiz has all the makings of the perfect recruit for the Blaugranas.

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