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Barcelona looking into various options to boost the midfield

Mikel Merino disputing the ball with Messi in the match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad / JUAN MANUEL SERRANO ARCE / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

After being rejected by Georginio Wijnaldum, Barcelona are now looking into more options in the transfer market to further improve the midfield of the team.

According to a report by TV3, the Catalan side are looking into possible alternatives to Gini Wijnaldum. This as a result of the Dutch midfielder preferring PSG’s offer over Barça’s. Ronald Koeman is looking for a player with good tactical qualities as well as ball handling. Currently the club, is looking at different options to strengthen the midfield.

One of the main targets is Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch. He has become an important player for the Dutch side and is considered to be a box-to-box kind of player. Additionally, he excels in defensive duties and in the physical aspects of the game.

Another player that Barça have their sights on is Mikel Merino of Real Sociedad. He has been on the Catalan’s radar for quite some time, thanks to his incredible displays in midfield. The Spanish international is very competitive on a tactical level and can read the defensive and offensive game. In addition, he covers a lot of ground in the center of the pitch.

Fabián Ruiz is another player that has caught the attention of many European sides. His incredible capacity to arrive to the opponents box and technical ability have allowed him to be a cornerstone for Napoli. However, in the case of Ruiz his price tag would be a big issue for Barcelona. The Italian side won’t make it easy for any club to take away their player.

Finally, Barcelona are also confident in the progression of Barça’s B Nico González. Last season he became an undisputed starter under García Pimienta. With very good handling of the ball and good physical presence, he also presents a good option for Koeman. The youngster will have his opportunity during the preseason to impress the Dutch manager.