Barcelona is readying an overhaul of its squad for the coming season, which will see an influx of new blood. The club's director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, is bidding to complete several young signings and wants to bring back loanees such as Rafinha and Deulofeu.
Barça is to take a leaf out of Real Madrid's book in snapping up a number of youngsters to freshen up its squad. The first in line is 21-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who is to move to the Camp Nou for around $12 million.
Another starlet heavily linked with the Catalan outfit is Croatian playmaker Alen Halilovic. The 17-year-old would initially join the B-team before moving up to the senior squad over the next couple of years.
The club is also delighted with the progress made by some of its loanees, including 21-year-old Rafinha and 19-year-old Gerard Deulofeu. Thiago's little brother has taken 'La Liga' by storm, starring for Celta over the last few weeks. Deulofeu, meanwhile, has earned rave reviews for his performances for Everton in the Premier League, though an injury has limited his recent action.
Finally, 20-year-old Denis Suárez is pounding on the door to the first team with his displays and goals in the second division, proving that he belongs in the top flight.
Barça wants to sign Thomas Muller according to 'Sport Bild'. The Bayern Munich man is valued at around $62 million and is not first-choice in Pep Guardiola's side. In fact, he started on the bench for his team's Champions League game against Arsenal.
According to the quoted source, Barça president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has given the green light to making a bid for the Bayern player. Bayern's sporting director, Matthias Sammer has said that "any offers made by English or Spanish clubs will simply bounce off the club's door.
"Müller is not just a Bayern player; he is one of the club's brightest stars for the future. We hope he'll stay here for many years."