BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 14: New FC Barcelona head coach Quique Setien (C) poses for the media ... [+] with Josep Maria Bartomeu (L) and Eric Abi
Barcelona have appointed former Real Betis manager Quique Setién as their new head coach, replacing the sacked Ernesto Valverde.
Know as ‘El Maestro’, the 61-year-old, who has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Camp Nou will be expected to revitalise the Barça style of play, whilst continuing to dominate on all fronts.
Whilst Setién may not have been many people’s original choice, he has been identified as the man to bring back and restore the team’s famed fast-paced, high-pressing, incisive-passing style. Here are five players the Cantabrian could bring to the Camp Nou this January.
Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan)
With Luis Suárez ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury, Barça are expected to dip into the January transfer window and sign a ready-made replacement for the Uruguayan.
Martínez, 22, could be the man to fill the void left by the 32-year-old. The Catalan giants were keen to avoid transfer activity this winter, but now have to look at potential options due to the Suárez situation.
The Argentinian international’s $123million release clause is far from what Barcelona are likely to want to have to pay to bring him to Catalonia, but its vital Setién gets a replacement in now.
Martínez could link up with fellow countryman Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou which could be a telling factor. Having netted 10 goals in 18 appearances in Serie A so far this season, Barça must strike swiftly to secure his services.
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Barcelona are joined by Liverpool in the race for the talented attacking midfielder. The German international is also a target for Bayern Munich.
Highly regarded as one of the brightest young talents in world football, the 20-year-old, would cost Barcelona around $117million. Having made 14 appearances this campaign so far, he has enough experience already to slot into the pressures that would come with wearing the Barça shirt.
With Barcelona’s ageing squad, Setién is likely to want to invest in young star sooner, rather than later.
Ferran Torres (Valencia)
Barcelona along with Liverpool remain interested in Valencia youngster Ferran Torres. The 19-year-old, who has a contract until 2021, is one of the brightest young talents in Spain and Los Che are prepared to let one of their prized assets leave for the right price.
Having made his Valencia first-team senior debut back in 2017 as a 17-year-old, the Spain Under-21 international would cost around $111million. Torres was part of the Spain squad that won the European Under-19 Championship last summer and netted a double in the final against Portugal.
Should Setién bring Torres to Barcelona, he could develop him further into a similar type of player to Kevin de Bruyne or David Silva, the latter who came through the youth ranks at Valencia.
Fabián Ruiz (Napoli)
Manchester United are set to battle it with Barcelona for the services of the highly-rated Napoli midfielder. The 23-year-old would cost around $99million should he make the move to Catalonia.
Having joined the Italian side from Real Betis in 2018, supremo Aurelio De Laurentiis could well be ready to let the Spain international leave with the Neapolitans keen to reduce their wage bill.
Ruiz has made 17 appearances so far in Serie A and could be the long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)
Rennes have slapped a $66million price tag on the 17-year-old as they look to fend off European heavyweights which includes Barcelona. Having played 17 matches for Rennes this season across all competitions, Manchester United have also joined the race for his signature.
Continuing to impress for Les Rouges et Noir this season, the Angolan-born midfielder is the youngest player to make an assist in Ligue 1. Camavinga broke another record – becoming the first player born after January 1, 2002 to start a game in Europe’s top five leagues, when he was named in the eleven against Monaco last year.
Sylvain Wiltord, Yoann Gourcuff, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Ousmane Dembélé blossomed at the north-west French club, and Camavinga looks to be following in their footsteps.