Josep Maria Bartomeu hinting at January signings for Barcelona


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is eyeing reinforcements for the squad when the winter transfer window opens in January.

The Catalans have been linked to several top players around Europe, including Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Schalke’s Leon Goretzka and Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez.

Philippe Coutinho remains as Barcelona’s primary target ahead of the January transfer window. The Brazilian’s presence in midfield will strongly aid their push to reclaim La Liga after losing out to Real Madrid last season, but he would not be able to feature in the UEFA Champions League due to his appearances in the competition with Liverpool.

Speaking at the Catalan Sports award ceremony, the 54-year-old insisted Barcelona might need an extra one or two players to compete on all fronts.

“We are happy with our squad but we believe we can improve in January. We think there will be opportunities to improve and strengthen in the winter market,” said Bartomeu.

Barcelona recently hinted they will move for Philippe Coutinho once again in the new year, while reports from Mundo Deportivo suggest that Barca are tabling a €20 million bid for Mesut Ozil.

“We want to win every trophy we are in – La Liga, Copa del Rey, the Champions League – and perhaps the squad needs a little more to achieve such a feat.”

Interestingly, Barcelona have been close to perfect since selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record-shattering €222 million in the summer.

Barcelona have gone on a 17-game unbeaten run since being steamrolled by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

They sit atop La Liga on 34 points from 12 games, four points clear of second-placed Valencia and 10 clear of defending champions Real Madrid.


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