Posted On Thursday, 25th April 2013
Hopes of Ghanaian midfielder Mubarak Wakaso joining Barcelona is still alive as the club’s vice-president Josep Bartomeu has revealed that they will sign four or five new players in the summer.
According to Spanish press reports, the highly-rated Espanyol player has been on the radar of the Catalan giants for sometime.
With Alex Song’s future far from certain at the Nou Camp, speculations that the Spanish club are on the lookout for midfield additions has gone into an overdrive.
Bartomeu has stressed that they need to boost their squad if they want to compete at the highest level in the coming years sparking hopes that Wakaso could be signed.
“We’ll make four or five signings in the summer. We need to shake up the squad. We’ve also got players from the B team,” Barca’s vice-president told Catalunya Radio.
With competition for places far stiffer than at the Emirates Stadium, Song has been restricted to just 11 La Liga starts, three of which have been at centre-back.
Barcelona were said to be plotting a move for Wakaso following his excellent showing for Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and for Espanyol in La Liga.
Although he is regarded as a key first-team player by Espanyol, the Catalan club are reportedly willing to listen to offers in the region of $30m.
Espanyol could force Wakaso to move because they are struggling financially.
The Camp Nou side are keen to add some fresh blood to their squad this summer and intend to hold on to current head coach Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola as Barca coach at the start of the 2012-13 campaign and guided them to their best-ever start in La Liga.
The Camp Nou side currently sit atop of the league table, holding a 13-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid.