BARCELONA are preparing for a transfer splurge this summer as they look to bring in as many as SEVEN new first team players.
The Catalan giants remain in financial difficulty due to the club’s debt which is in excess of £1billion.
How Barcelona could line up next season with seven new signings
But that does not appear to be stopping them from trying to sign several high-profile stars on the cheap.
They could line-up with almost an entirely different starting XI come their first LaLiga game in August.
And that may well include a complete change in their back four with Chelsea‘s outgoing defenders being snapped up by the Spanish titans.
Meanwhile, Christensen could line up in the middle of a back four alongside Sevilla centre-half Jules Kounde.
The 23-year-old Frenchman looked set to join Chelsea last summer but now appears to be on Barcelona’s radar.
In midfield, Franck Kessie is expected to be confirmed after his contract expired with AC Milan at the end of last season.
He will likely join youngsters Pedri and Gavi in a midfield three – as Frenkie de Jong is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United.
And then the front three also appears set to change – with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferrann Torres’ first team opportunities under threat.
And the Catalan club are also being linked with a sensational swoop for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.
All of these deals would provide a much-needed boost to Xavi’s squad as the club continue their re-build.
However, ex-Barcelona director Toni Freixa recently claimed president Joan Laporta’s plan to sign a host of players is a lie.
He tweeted: “You know that Lewandowski, or Kounde, or Raphinha, or Bernardo Silva will not come? You know, right?”
Freixa then added: “I don’t buy the talk of Barcelona’s signings. They are blatantly selling smoke.
“What they say clashes with reality and I have no choice but to warn people that this is not going to happen.
“One could come in case a player is sold. It sells much more to say that Bernardo Silva is coming. If we want to sell the bike, let’s sell it, I don’t buy it.
“I’m going a bit against the tide. What is convenient now at Barcelona is to generate an illusion.”