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Barcelona 'dreams' of signing Liverpool ace after $95m transfer claim and ongoing rumors

Luis Dīaz is being linked with a move to Barcelona.
-Credit: (Image: 2024 Liverpool FC)


There will be plenty of intrigue around Liverpool's transfer business this summer. The club is in a really strong position having qualified for the Champions League once again and the rejuvenation in midfield we saw the club conduct last summer was successful, with the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch, Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endō all shining in various parts of the campaign.

Liverpool likely needs just a little tweak this summer; wholesale changes aren't required. New coach Arne Slot will no doubt have players in mind who he'd like to bring to the club, yet there's no great need for Liverpool to offload any big name talent, unless a very enticing offer comes its way.

But one such offer may arrive from Spain for winger Luis Díaz, according to the latest reports. The Colombian is being linked with a move to Barcelona by Spanish outlet AS (print edition via Paisley Gates), with sporting director Deco said to 'dream' of bringing him in.

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Díaz signed for Liverpool two-and-a-half years ago from FC Porto, and his form has fluctuated since. Last season, the winger scored eight times in the Premier League and produced five assists, his most productive season since coming in.

Barcelona, according to AS, clearly likes what it has seen in the Colombia international and wants to bring him to Camp Nou ahead of next season. It would supposedly rather do that than bring in other targets including Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao) and Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig).

Given its fragile financial state, in order to bring Díaz to Spain, Barcelona will first look to offload Brazilian winger Raphinha. It's thought that selling the former Leeds winger would bring in some $54m (£42m/€50m), and this would in turn be sent Liverpool's way for Díaz.

However, The Telegraph reported last month that Liverpool want $95m (£75m/€88m) to let go of Díaz this summer, meaning Barcelona would need to find another $42m (£33m/€38m) to sign the 27-year-old. The chances of that happening appear to be slim.

Díaz was of course a regular under outgoing manager Jürgen Klopp, but new manager Arne Slot may have different ideas. Díaz for his part has given no indication that he wants to leave Liverpool, but the allure of Barcelona always remains strong, regardless of how badly they might be doing. Barcelona finished third in La Liga this season and recently sacked coach and club legend Xavi.

Liverpool.com says: Considering its financial state, which is still precarious, it's highly doubtful that Barcelona could afford Luis Díaz. However, the pull of Barcelona is always strong, especially for Spanish-speaking players, and it cannot be ruled out that Díaz would want to leave Liverpool for Barca. Yet unless they come up with the money, he's going nowhere.