Barcelona plans to strengthen two positions in the January transfer market

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With the FIFA World Cup approaching, club football will take a break, giving teams time to plan and prepare for the upcoming January transfer window.

And it is that, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will hold a meeting in the coming days to discuss their plans for the next transfer window.

Club football will go into a hiatus now with the FIFA World Cup upon us and the break will give teams time to plan and prepare for the upcoming January transfer window.

And according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona will also have a meeting to discuss their schemes for the next window in the next few days.

The report indicates that coach Xavi Hernandez will fly to Qatar to attend the World Cup in an ambassadorial capacity, as he has had close ties with the Qatari royal family since his days as a player and coach in the country.

Before that, however, the 42-year-old will meet with Barcelona transfer bosses Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff to define his steps for the January window.

President Joan Laporta himself has assured that the team will be reinforced in January and the coach will now meet with the directors to discuss the positions that need reinforcements and the objectives for those roles.

First of all, Xavi is believed to be looking for a new right-back in the winter, which is completely understandable. Héctor Bellerín has not performed since he arrived in the summer while Sergi Roberto has once again been bogged down by injuries.

It has forced Xavi to turn to the likes of Jules Kounde and Alejandro Balde as makeshift right-backs and the manager is keen to address this issue.

Next, the Barça icon is also looking to sign a midfielder who can play both as a pivot and inside.

The report suggests that, ideally, the Catalans would prefer to sign an inside midfielder in January and bring in a player for the pivot position in the summer, when Sergio Busquets is expected to leave.

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has become a possible target for this role, due to his versatility and the fact that he will enter the final six months of his contract.

After Gerard Piqué’s withdrawal, there has been speculation about a new central defender. However, Xavi is said to be satisfied with Marcos Alonso’s performance in the role, so a new central defender is not seen as a priority at the moment.

The emphasis will be on bringing in a right back and midfielder who can play both inside and outside the box.



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