Xavi Hernandez plans to have six central midfielders in his Barcelona squad next season

Barcelona have been working for weeks to ensure the summer transfer window goes as swimmingly as possible and Xavi Hernandez has the best squad possible to work with next year.

Their primary objective of signing Erling Haaland conditions the rest of their activity according to Diario Sport, in that low-cost market opportunities and free agents will be utilised.

Three such examples are Chelsea defenders Andreas Christensen as well as Milan midfielder Franck Kessie. Should Kessie by signed that will take the number of midfielders at Camp Nou to six.

Because should the Ivorian arrive one of the current squad would have to leave. Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez are fixed for next season but Riqui Puig is thought to be surplus to requirements.

The Catalan youngster has played less for Xavi than he did for Quique Setien, Ronald Koeman or Ernesto Valverde. He, like soon-to-be free agent Sergi Roberto, could be set for pastures new.

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