Barcelona set to bolster squad this summer
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club will make "four or five" signings in the summer
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that the club are to invest in as many as five new signings this summer after Tuesday's 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Tito Vilanova has five targets in mind as he will look to strengthen the squad at the Camp Nou, while Barca have recently told their coach that his job is safe despite their humiliating loss in Germany.
"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," Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio.
The vice-president was also asked about the potential signing Brazilian starlet Neymar.
"We haven't signed Neymar," the Barcelona vice-president commented. "He's a player we are interested in, we've said that before, and we'll see what happens when the season finishes."
Neymar is just one of the many targets for Barcelona with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund linked as a possible replacement for Carles Puyol, as the experienced defender is spending more and more time on the sidelines.
Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is also a target to replace Victor Valdes should he leave in the summer.
Barcelona will look to move some players along, with the names of David Villa, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Song and even Cesc Fabregas available at the right price as they look to increase their transfer kitty.
The Catalan giants face Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this weekend but, with the title effectively wrapped up, Vilanova is expected to field a team of fringe players to keep his star performers fit for next week's Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern.
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