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Barcelona ready to ‘face all competitions’ with three conditions fulfilled

Journalist Santi Ovalle has reported that with Nico Williams, a defensive midfielder, and the two Joaos on loan, Barcelona believe they have a strong squad ready to face all competitions under Hansi Flick next season.

Nico has been a hot topic in the transfer market recently, as his impressive performance in the Euro has caught the eye of many top clubs in Europe. Just like last summer, rumours of his potential signing are once again picking up momentum.

Barcelona are one of those clubs eyeing Nico. The club’s financial struggles have been no secret in recent years, making it difficult for them to secure new signings. 

However, they are still keen on adding Nico to their squad, which already includes some of his friends like Lamine Yamal, Pedri, Alejandro Balde, and Fermin Lopez.

Barcelona see Nico as a crucial addition

The club sees Nico as a crucial addition to their project, especially with Flick taking the reins as coach. Nico’s arrival would bring two major benefits for Barcelona. 

First, he would help counter the impact of Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid. Second, he would provide quality on the left wing, as Flick aims to have two natural wingers in the team.

Nico Williams wants to join Barcelona. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona have had ongoing talks with Nico and believes he wants to leave Athletic Bilbao on good terms. Despite his €58 million release clause, Barcelona see a potential opportunity to bring him in. However, Athletic Bilbao are not interested in negotiating.

Barcelona are aware that they need to balance their finances, adhering to the 1:1 rule where the money earned must match the money spent. 

Barcelona have more plans in the pipeline

In addition to Nico, Barcelona are also searching for a central midfielder. They believe that with this addition, alongside Nico and the renewed loans of Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo, they will have a competitive squad. 

For the pivot, Barcelona are exploring market opportunities, including players like Amadou Onana and Mikel Merino. However, they haven’t had much luck so far. 

Negotiations for Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo are ongoing and are expected to take some time before reaching a conclusion.

Despite the challenges, Barcelona remain confident in their strategy. They believe that with the right additions and a bit of patience, they can build a squad capable of competing for titles next season. 

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