Barcelona transfer targets, rumours and odds: £100m Guimaraes to join Vitor Roque in Brazilian revolution?

Though Barcelona have improved on last season’s continental performance by qualifying for the Champions League knockouts, elsewhere, the Blaugrana are enduring a challenging campaign. They are fourth in La Liga and lost the SuperCopa 4-1 to Real Madrid on Sunday.

Barcelona's season has not gone to plan – Photo by Icon Sport

Barcelona transfer targets, rumours and odds

To turn around their fortunes, Barcelona could be forced to make some moves in the transfer market. But that could be easier said than done.

Faltering finances

Barcelona’s financial struggles are well-known. They spent big in 2022 after activating their infamous ‘financial levers’, but their failure to get through the group stage last year limited their spending in 2023. 

Their financial levers involved selling off the rights to a proportion of future revenue to investment firms in return for a cash injection. Because of these limitations,to buy, Barca will almost certainly have to make significant sales first.

Robert Lewandowksi has not finished chances at his usual level this season – Photo by Icon Sport

Unfortunate underperformance?

Despite the ignominy of sitting fourth in La Liga, behind the likes of Girona and Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona’s underlying numbers are actually rather encouraging. Their expected goal difference is +1.21 per 90 minutes, 0.39 better than any other side in the league. 

A big reason for their underperformance is they are not taking their chances, only scoring 36 from and xG of 43.1. All of their attackers, except Ferran Torres are scoring far less than they should. The introduction of teenage Brazilian hotshot Vitor Roque will hopefully return some clinical finishing to the Barca attack.

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Number one amongst the Barcelona transfer targets is Bruno Guimaraes
Guimaraes has impressed at St James' Park – Photo by Icon Sport

Bruno Guimaraes – 10/1

Despite Newcastle United’s struggles this season, Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has won plaudits for his combative yet skilful displays. The 26-year-old wins plenty of tackles but is also capable of sublime touches and passes, such as his threaded pass for Alexander Isak’s goal against Manchester City recently.

Guimaraes has a £100m release clause, but there is optimism that a deal could be reached for less than that sum, as Newcastle would prefer to sell outside of the Premier League. Newcastle are in some financial hot water of their own. If Barca can raise the necessary funds, or offer players in exchange, they could finally have an heir to Busquets at the base of midfield.

Giovani Lo Celso – 10/1

With Gavi suffering a heartbreaking ACL injury on international duty, Barca are also light in advanced midfield. One way they could reinforce this area without breaking the bank, if reports in Spain are to be believed, is a move for Tottenham Hotspur's Giovani Lo Celso.

The Argentine is highly valued by his national team, but has bounced from club to club after not settling in North London. With limited opportunities this season and deal that expires in summer 2025, the 27-year-old is likely available for a nominal fee. Lo Celso knows La Liga very well, and could provide valuable versatility cover.

Kimich could leave Bayern after nearly a decade at the club – Photo by Icon Sport

Joshua Kimmich – 15/1

Despite claiming he “is not thinking about” a move, there has been much speculation about Joshua Kimmich’s future. The Bayern Munich man has a deal that expires next summer and has had a tough time convincing Thomas Tuchel of his credentials as a deep midfielder.

Kimmich would add real quality to Barcelona, and could cover at least three positions. He would also reunite with former teammate Robert Lewandowski. But with Pep Guardiola interested in bringing the 28-year-old to Manchester City, this move could be tricky to pull off.

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Frenkie de Jong would be a fine addition for any club – Photo by Icon Sport

Frenkie de Jong – 10/1

Despite the Dutchman’s insistences that he does not want to leave the Camp Nou, he has been persistently linked with moves away. The 26-year-old has been good for Barcelona, but does not necessarily have a nailed down spot, despite his talents.

With Barca needing to raise cash for any moves of their own, now or in the summer, the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal will be sniffing around with great interest.

Ronald Araujo – 12/1

Another potential Manchester United target is Ronald Araujo. But to secure the services of the towering Uruguayan, United will need to pay around £70m and see off Bayern Munich

It has been reported that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is targeting a centre-back and right-back for the United squad – Araujo can play both of these positions to a high level. This could be one to watch if Barcelona seek to make Joao Cancelo’s loan from Manchester City permanent.

Araujo only signed for around £5m in 2018, so a sale would be immensely beneficial to the health of Barca’s finances.

Jules Koundé is another saleable asset – Photo by Icon Sport

Jules Kounde – 15/1

Another player who can play centre-back and right-back in the Blaugrana squad is Jules Kounde. The 25-year-old is reportedly admired by Arsenal, who are light in defence. 

The Frenchman, like Araujo would fetch a large fee, but as Barcelona splurged over £50m on him just last summer, he would be a far less profitable sale.

William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.