Ranking Barca's latest reported 3 incoming & 4 outgoing transfers by potential impact
As the next few days could be reportedly left without any major news on arrivals or departures, Tribuna editorial combines the most credible latest rumours altogether.
- Neymar will definitely remain the headliner of this summer until his future is officially decided. The latest reports hint that there are only 2 possible solutions for Barcelona and PSG: either the Catalans will go through with a huge bid of around €200m, or they will propose a 'cash + player' bid including Philippe Coutinho, which would allegedly work for the Parisians as well. Both ways look quite possible, although it will certainly take some time to accomplish the move. If it happens, Neymar will highly likely return somewhere in the middle of August.
Importance level: 50%. Neymar's arrival will surely mean that Barca's doing big business both on the market and on the pitch, however, forming our own version of Galacticos is dubious as it is not what Barcelona is usually famous for.
- Junior Firpo is reported to be announced as a Blaugrana player very soon, with lots of local media reports claiming it. Barcelona will need to allocate around €25m for the Spaniard, with Juan Miranda's future probably to be linked with Betis since the new season. We expect that the move will be done next week when the Catalans will start working on the market with more urgency.
Importance level: 65%. Barca are probably forcing the issues with this move but no one guarantees that the 22-year-old cost will remain the same a year after. Still, Junior could be considered as the No.1 left full-back in the nearest future, with Jordi Alba still got it for a season or even two. Firpo's purchase is important, though it will be very difficult to rotate this duo.
- Moise Kean is on the Catalans' radars as well as the club simply can't make its mind over signing a back-up player for Luis Suarez. Or maybe it's just a strategic move by Barca's board to urge PSG work faster with Neymar's sale? It could be. Barcelona will need to spend about €35m for the Italian "Golden Boy" who is keen to be sold by Juventus this summer, though the Catalans will face competition from a couple of English clubs.
Importance level: 30%. Barcelona are in need of a quality back-up forward, however, Kean's ambitions are higher than that as the 19-year-old is interested in having regular minutes of play. Our point is that the club should better involve La Masia strikers in the faces of Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz as the ones who are prepared to wait for their chance to come.
- Malcom's future seems to be clear as the Brazilian is expected to leave Barcelona this summer. With several big clubs interested, the Catalans still wish to win about €40m from trading. With too many options on the wings, the 22-year-old will have to be patient for one more season and it seems that the player is simply not ready for playing this game.
Importance level: 80%. Malcom's pace is good, his vision is decent as well but it seems that the main purpose for his last year's move was Barca's will to take revenge on Roma. This player deserves more playing minutes but not at our club and the opportunity to sell him just for the same price he was brought in seems like a great deal.
Importance level: 40%. Despite being injury-prone, our point is that Rafinha is worth gaining his next chance to succeed at Barcelona. €15m will not make things much better for Barca and the player should be put on sale for at least €25m which seems unlikely for now.
- Ivan Rakitic has declared that he's open for any offers, however, the Croatian wishes to stay at Barca until his contract expires. Still, Barcelona are reportedly looking through the opportunities to let the player go for a considerable sum of about €40m or to include him in Neymar swap deal.
Importance level: 70%. It is the right time for Valverde to make a few radical decisions when picking the new regular midfield, so the departure of the 32-year-old seems quite logical to make way to our promising youth players like Puig or De Jong. There is no doubt that the Croatian's price will be lowered next year.
- Philippe Coutinho's future supposedly depends only on PSG as the Brazilian is considered to be part of Neymar-to-Barca deal. The player's agent is ready to talk things provided there is a considerable offer on the table. However, Barca's intentions in terms of the 27-year-old are unknown and it seems that his future will lie on Neymar's scenario.
Importance level: 55%. Coutinho's sale could help Barca allocate huge funds as the Brazilian is still valued at about €100m. On the other hand, there is still some faith in his abilities to help the team achieve what they need. His golden Copa America performance is another point in favour of it.