Martino Tells Press Targets and Sales
Gerardo Martino has told the press that he is interested in buying 5 talented youngsters that would sum up to be around £80m. He told the media on the 18th July 2012 that Carlos Fierro
, 17, from Chivas, is a very talented young striker and he would be very interested in bringing him to the Nou Camp. Reports suggest that Barcelona are willing to pay up to £3m for the striker.
The next player under speculation is Arsenal's Jack Wilshere
who has impressed in his short Arsenal career after returning from injury. The 20 year old could cost Martino £30m.
Young goalkeeper Ter Stegen
is also under transfer rumours as earlier reported, Martino is looking to sell current keeper Valdes
to bring in money for the youngster who could cost up to £20m.
Martino has also expressed interest in attacking midfielder Julian Drexler
, currently at Schalke, the promising player could cost the club £24m.
The last shock player under transfer bid from Barcelona is Malaga's young striker, Fabrice Olinga
. At the tender age of 16 the striker is showing promise according to Barcelona scouts and will be a world class player in the future. The 16 year old could prove costly with Martino setting a limit of £5m to spend on the striker.
When asked about how Barcelona are going to fund the signings, Martino responded with "well it will be hard as this is a lot of money, however we have put 11 players up for sale recently and will look to coup the money spent to fund these deals." The reporter replied by asking if Gerardo could tell the world who these players are, " Yes, players such as Valdes, Adriano, Bojan, Afellay, Bartra and Montoya
are all on the transfer list and will be sold before August." Looking for more detail the reporter then asked if the youngsters brought in are lacking too much experience for a big club like Barcelona, "Absolutely not. All of our top players such as Messi, Xavi and Iniesta
all started young and now they are the best players in the world. Now its time for me to go."