Ever since Sergio Busquets announced that he would leave at the end of the season, the Barcelona management started working on a modified strategy and while there are some serious candidates in consideration, the team seems to be making a greater effort in finding a replacement, and Joshua Kimmich is the latest name to be linked.
Kimmich, 28, is under contract at Bayern Munich until 2025 and increasingly believes he is unhappy at the club. As a result, he is willing to follow in the footsteps of his former teammate Robert Lewandowski.
Journalist Javi Miguel reports via AS that from Barcelona’s point of view, Kimmich is considered a real possibility and his arrival is being considered very seriously at the moment.
Now the management of Barca is well aware of the compilation that is available and although they understand that the deal is very complicated, it is not impossible.
The problems start with the fact that acquiring the German international will not be cheap, as Miguel writes that the price of the operation could go up to 80 million euros.
It is indeed interesting to see how a team from Catalonia can make such a deal at such a critical financial moment, but in order to reduce the price, the management could include a player or two in the deal.
According to Miguel, names like Nico Gonzalez, Sergio Dest, Ferran Torres or Ansu Fati could be offered to the Bavarians as spare weight.
Barcelona is also currently exploring other market opportunities. Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is believed to be on the agenda, while Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat and Wolves’ Ruben Neves are also on the list.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi remains Xavi’s personal preference, but his €60 million price tag makes the move extremely complicated.