The leaders of the Catalan club have made the Valencia player their priority. Only, the operation is far too expensive at the moment.
The defeat against Valencia on Saturday night (2-0) earned Quique Setién great criticism in the Spanish media.
But journalists covering the news of the Catalan club have also noticed another problem: the lack of offensive solutions. If the workforce was already light ahead with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan’s injury and the repositioning of Griezmann have further accentuated the concerns of Barça at the forefront.
And according to various Spanish media, such as Marca, this match has further strengthened the leaders’ desire to attract a top striker this winter.
One name keeps coming up: Rodrigo Moreno. Only, Valencia would ask up to 60 million euros for the Spanish international, who did not start the match against Barça on Saturday afternoon because of the negotiations opened between two clubs.
If the Barcelonians hope that Jorge Mendes can facilitate his arrival at Camp Nou, it is clear that the finances of Barcelona do not currently allow such an operation.
Barça cannot make big purchases before July 1
The Spanish newspaper thus specifies that the Catalans are exploring various options to offer it, and that the club will be fixed in the next 48 hours.
The last proposal made by the reigning Spanish champion is that of a loan with option to purchase valid from June 30, since he cannot make large expenditures before the end of the current fiscal year.
Players could also be included in the operation, such as the young midfielder Monchu, considered one of the most promising elements of Barça’s team B.
Carles Pérez quoted in Roma, and Moussa Wagué, announced close to Nice , could also be used to lower the total price of the Rodrigo operation.
Radio RAC1 confirms that the arrival of a new attacker could be completed by January 31, and goes even further, explaining that an arrival of Lautaro Martinez (Inter) is possible.
An option which could however prove to be even more expensive than Rodrigo and which therefore seems, if there is no consequent sale, impossible. We should quickly find out more!