Newly appointed Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is eyeing three world-class players as he begins to revamp the club’s line-up.
Valverde, who was named Barca’s new manager on Tuesday following Luis Enrique’s departure, is said to be already pursuing players from Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal, along with former club Athletic Bilbao, ahead of the summer transfer window.
As per reports from Spanish news outlet OK Diario, the Spanish duo of Ander Herrera and Hector Bellerin, along with Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, are the three big stars that the new Blaugrana boss wishes to add to his squad for the 2017/18 season.
Both Herrera and Laporte have played under Valverde at Bilbao, and are quite aware of the Spaniard’s tactics. Herrera was part of the 53-year-old’s side at San Mamés stadium for a season before he landed in England, and Laporte has been a mainstay of Valverde’s defence during the latter’s time with Bilbao.
Bellerin, a Barcelona youth product, has also been consistently mooted with a move back to his home country.
Obtaining the signature of Laporte and Bellerin, however, may prove to be a tough task for Barca, as their current deals run until June 2020 and June 2023 respectively.
Nonetheless, if Valverde wishes to sign any of his top three targets, the Spanish manager will most definitely have to take out some extra cash to do so.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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