Barcelona are interested in a January raid by £ 16m-rated Basel forward Arthur Cabral as he grapples with a forward injury crisis … despite cash-strapped Catalans having a £ 1.15 BILLION debt
- 23-year-old Cabral is a key target for new Barcelona manager Xavi, says Sport
- The Catalan giants are short up front and keen to add more firepower
- Both Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite are currently out due to injury.
- President Joan Laporta said the debts have risen to a staggering £ 1.15 billion.
- Barça can sign players, but first they must get rid of Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona, with liquidity problems, do not have money to sign players, but that does not prevent the club from linking with new additions before the January transfer window.
Basel forward Arthur Cabral is understood as a key target for the Catalan giants, as they seek to add more attacking reinforcements, according to Sport.
The report claims that the Brazilian is ‘in pole position’ to put pencil on paper in a move to the Camp Nou, with negotiations already at an advanced stage, despite the club’s general director, Mateu Alemany, previously stating that They can’t sign signings like that. winter.
Arthur Cabral (right) previously in action for Basel in the Europa Conference League
Cabral has proven to be a prolific scorer since joining Basel from Palmeiras in 2019
The 23-year-old Cabral joined Basel in the Swiss Super League in 2019 from Palmeiras, and has scored a staggering 23 goals, contributing eight assists so far this season in all competitions.
Who is Arthur Cabral?
Born: Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil
Former clubs: Ceara, Palmeiras
Actual club: Basel
Height: 6 ft. 1 in. (1.86 m)
The former Barcelona Deco midfielder, who is the club’s head scout for Brazil and Portugal, is a huge fan of the attacker and thinks he could fit the bill.
Basel is likely willing to sell off their highly rated star given their contract ends in the summer of 2023, or they risk losing it for free. The Swiss champions want between 15 and 20 million euros for their services.
However, Barça will have to sell before buying in order to finance a move by the attacker given their financial problems.
One player still linked to a move away from Catalonia is Philippe Coutinho, despite the player insisting he will not go anywhere this January.
The 29-year-old has found playing time to be limited so far this season, with star Gavi, 17, and Nico Gonzalez, 19, ahead of him in the pecking order.
The former Liverpool midfielder is a target for Newcastle United, and if he leaves, this will free up funds for the club to make a move for Cabral.
Philippe Coutinho seems ready to go, and it seems likely that he will return to the Premier League
Ansu Fati makes a face when he leaves during the match against Celta de Vigo due to a hamstring problem
The winner of the Golden Boy, Pedri, is also out at the moment, leaving Barcelona with no options at the front.
Xavi is currently low in attacking numbers, and 18-year-old Ansu Fati recently suffered a hamstring problem, after being out for a year with a knee injury.
His 30-year-old teammate Martin Braithwaite also remains sidelined until the new year at the earliest, and Golden Boy winner Pedri now joins the pair at the treatment table.
If Cabral trades Basel for Barcelona, he would become Xavi’s second signing after the capture of club legend Dani Alves earlier this month, who previously spent eight years at the Camp Nou between 2008-16.