Barça negotiated the signing of a center-back and a full-back-only one of them will go the highest investment-and then look forward.
Although final decisions will be made after the final of the Copa del Rey, Barça is increasing these days the work of collection of the negotiations to raise with Tito Vilanova viable signings for the season 2012-2013.
The strategy of Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director, is based on priorities and side reinforcements. The urgency now is to sign defenses and all economic efforts are intended to strengthen the input shaft and the left side defense. The hiring of a striker has been relegated to a second term, assuming that some of the pieces chosen could be lost.
Walling behind. This is the slogan that Zubi and Albert Valentin, technical secretary, have set in this first part of the summer market, as has been told MD.
Only should there be a unique opportunity in attack, something unthinkable today as they understand, change of stroke. The idea goes through invest heavily in one of two positions. Or Thiago Silva as center-back or left-back Gareth Bale. Never both at once because it would cost today unaffordable.
To reach the Milan player, the left back would be for Jordi Alba, who expect to hire about 12 million euros. If the bet Tottenham, very difficult for the 50 'kilos' directive calling for the English, the club sondearía Inigo Martinez, lefty center-back of the Real Sociedad which is cheaper and very serious tactical, or look down, if Bartra, the subsidiary.
Not be ruled out, even go for a young player with experience, such as the same Botía, which recovered by 2.5 million. However, the Sporting player is bound to enter into any transaction for the additional revenue would. Tito Vilanova also like to give competition a goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, but not essential at this time.
By the way, Zubi and Valentín have filled a sheet with names of future events. A Guaita, Valencia, we were spying, but shares with Alba group representatives. It seems that the two will not come at the same time Mestalla.
Once settled priorities and get money, Barça would go for a striker. Although there is talk of a profile of '9 'powerful figure would not be exactly what will be seeking new coach azulgrana. Rather it would be a playmaker.
There is a list of names, some expensive and more affordable, but those who have already been warned probed going for long. Someone has given orders to his officers wait a reasonable time. A plan, then that has its cadence. First, the defender and then the front.
Iñigo Martínez throws balls out
The news of Barça interest by Iñigo Martínez, Advanced MD, has come to San Sebastian. The center-back of the Real Sociedad yesterday threw balls away when asked about this issue. "I have many years ahead to be here. I do not think anything of it," he said, adding: "Everyone does every year what they do best and I know where I am." On his recovery after injuring his knee, the defender believes it has recovered ahead of schedule and you need to pick up pace. "The important thing now is to get well for next year." (via MD)