May 11, 2021

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Names of six stars on Barcelona summer shortlist revealed

Barcelona are rebuilding themselves under Ronald Koeman and have six-star names on their summer roster, according to reports.

And, while new president Joan Laporta is optimistic about keeping Lionel Messi, Barca need fresh blood around their iconic No10.

Sport report that the La Liga giants have their sights set on six key goals – with getting a new striker high on their wishlist.

Erling Haaland is the most prominent name they court up front, with Norwegian Alf-Inge’s father and agent Mino Raiola visiting the club chiefs last month.

The title-chasing Catalans could win the race for his signing, with the attraction of playing alongside Messi being a key factor.

A cheaper option, however, has emerged in future Manchester City free agent Sergio Aguero, the 32-year-old reportedly looking forward to joining Barcelona.

Boss Koeman, 58, is a big fan of former Manchester United star Memphis Depay, and with Depay’s contract, like Aguero’s, which expires this summer, Barca could get a good deal since Lyon.

Barca’s fourth attacking option is long-term target Lautaro Martinez, who like so many others is drawn to playing with compatriot Messi.

Barca’s fifth-man shortlist is rounded out with two more free agents to come.

Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has shown little willingness to extend his contract at Anfield.

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Eric Garcia rounds off the list, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently admitted he expects the talented defender to join Barcelona.