Elanga, Amrabat and Araujo, options on the last day of the market
BARCELONA — Anthony Elanga, Manchester United winger, and Sofyan Amrabat, Fiorentina midfielder, are two of Barcelona’s options to reinforce their squad before the market closes, according to sources confirmed to ESPN.
LaLiga confirmed to Barça that they have a small margin in their wage bill to sign a footballer on the last market day and the club is debating whether to sign a winger like Elanga or if it is better to reinforce the midfield with a versatile footballer who can rotate with Sergio Busquets during the second part of the season.
Barça, which is also talking with LA Galaxy for winger Julián Araujo and with Flamengo for Wesley, has spent days tracking the market in search of different options that could help Xavi Hernández win the LaLiga title.
Elanga meets several requirements. He is 20 years old, has only started five Premier League games since the season began and could serve to cover both the departure of Memphis Depay to Atlético de Madrid and the injury of Ousmane Dembélé who will be out for at least four weeks. .
United, which has Antony, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Alejandro Garnacho at the ends, could assess his departure but according to ESPN, other teams such as Everton, Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven have also asked about the availability of the young swede.
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In addition, the sources point out that the operation is complex because of how little is left for the market to close and because United is not in favor of reinforcing a Barcelona that will be measured soon in the Europa League.
On the other hand, another source tells ESPN that some voices in Barcelona are more in favor of reinforcing the midfield and Amrabat’s option would fit better there.
The Moroccan international was one of the revelations of the last World Cup and could be an ideal complement to rotate in Xavi’s 4-4-2 in which Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong now seem indisputable.
However, as in the case of Elanga, Barça would need to convince Fiorentina to let him go on loan and that seems even more complicated considering that he is the undisputed starter in the Serie A team.
The Catalan team is in negotiations to sell Héctor Bellerín to Sporting Club and has already lightened its salary bill with the retirement of Gerard Piqué and with the sale of Memphis Depay to Atlético de Madrid.
Thus, the Catalan club is also moving in search of a right-back who arrives with a record from the subsidiary but with options to break into the first team like the Mexican Julián Araujo, from LA Galaxy, or the Brazilian Wesley, from Flamengo.
The Catalan club have been in negotiations with the Brazilian club for Wesley for weeks, but sources tell ESPN that the option of the Mexican Araujo has gained more strength in the last few hours.