Barcelona to make ‘four summer signings’ due to Lionel Messi Clasico performance

Barcelona are reportedly looking to make four signings this summer to ensure they make full use of Lionel Messi’s final years at the club.

Following the Blaugrana’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in last Sunday’s El Classico, Nou Camp chiefs are looking to change things around this summer.

It’s thought that there is a consensus that star man Messi was left too isolated as Quique Setien switched up his formation to play the Argentine up front with Antoine Griezmann.

However, the surprise tactic didn’t pay off, with Real bouncing straight back from their midweek defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League.

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Barca actually enjoyed less of the ball than they usually do with 56 per cent possession, while they also only managed to register four shots on target in 90 minutes.

And according to Spanish outlet Sport , they are now looking to bring in four new players to allow Messi to get back to his best while he can.

They report that Barcelona will target a centre back, right back, wide forward and a striker in the summer transfer window.

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Barcelona’s lack of fit striking options has caused havoc all season, with the club even given the chance by La Liga to sign Martin Braithwaite due to injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique are the only centre-back options in the squad currently, and potential injuries would definitely leave Setien short.

Setien admitted that Barcelona struggled to cope with Real’s high pressing style on Sunday, but insisted his side were still firmly in the title race.

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“We played well in the first half, but not in the second,” he told a post match interview with Marca.

“Real Madrid has pressed up high up the pitch, and we have struggled to find a way through that.”

“We wanted to move the ball quickly, but they did not allow us to.

“The result is disappointing, but it is not the end of the title challenge, there is a long way to go.”

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