Barcelona’s sporting director Deco cautioned fans not to anticipate significant activity from the club during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Over the past 18 months, Barcelona has utilized various financial strategies to raise funds to strengthen Xavi’s squad. Their latest acquisition, 18-year-old striker Vitor Roque, was signed for an initial €30m, with the final fee projected to exceed €55m.
Acknowledging Barcelona’s ongoing financial challenges, Sporting Director Deco conceded that there would be no major signings at Camp Nou in 2024. Instead, he expressed optimism about relying on academy graduates to fill any gaps in the squad.
“We will not make big signings and the new coach must understand this,” he told Esports3. “We need a coach who knows what Barca is and understands our current reality. In La Masia, you always have to trust.”
A new midfielder continues to be a primary focus for Barcelona, especially after bidding farewell to Sergio Busquets last summer. However, Deco acknowledged that finding the right signing will be challenging given their current situation.
“It’s almost impossible to replace Busquets. Rodri is the closest but Man City would never sell him to any club,” he said. ‘[Joshua] Kimmich is another top player, but it’s also not easy to sign him. Look at how much Chelsea paid for [Moises] Caicedo, it’s not easy at all.”
Deco did name Girona midfielder Aleix Garcia as a potential target for the summer.
“Xavi publicly said he likes him,” Deco said of Garcia. “The loss of Gavi has been difficult. Aleix Garcia is a good player who could be useful. We’ll see.”
In terms of outgoings, Deco also ruled out parting ways with any of the club’s big names, even if the chance to swap them for Kylian Mbappe came around.
“But It would be a mistake to sell Frenkie [de Jong] and [Ronald] Araujo for Mbappe,” he laughed. “It would make the team worse. I’d like to improve the squad, not to sell players.”