Now that the summer transfer window is closed it is time for clubs to turn their attention towards extending the contracts of their existing stars.
One such club doing that is Barcelona and sporting director Albert Soler is now keen to renew the vows of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Ivan Rakitic.
“The next duties we have are to renew Rakitic, Messi, and Suarez’s contracts,” Soler told reporters, “those are the goals.
“With 120 million euros spent, we have bought six players and with that money Manchester United only purchased one.
“We wanted to give the squad depth and a youthful quality.”
Fitting Alcacer into a side of such attacking ferocity will be a big task for coach Luis Enrique, but technical secretary Robert Fernandez believes the forward will be satisfied with his role.
“Alcacer is mentally prepared to be a substitute,” Fernandez stated.
“He comes to a very big club and has a lot to learn, [Luis] Suarez is the best No. 9 in the world and is on another level.”
Barcelona have three of the top five players in the world in Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Neymar agreed to a new deal last summer, and with Cristiano Ronaldo recently agreeing to a new deal at Real Madrid, Barcelona know what the parameters will be for Messi’s deal.
Suarez might be more difficult as when he signed from Liverpool he became Barca’s second highest player behind Messi at £200,000 a week. Neymar has since past that, but can Barca afford to invest close to €60m in wages for the MSN line?