Leipzig's creative midfielder and Athletic Bilbao's winger in Barcelona's plans

Spanish internationals Dani Olmo and Nico Williams are two targets for the Blaugrana squad for the next season.

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Barcelona's preparations for the upcoming season are in full swing, and the Catalan giants are setting their sights high, targeting two promising Spanish internationals: Dani Olmo and Nico Williams.

Both players are being eyed to bolster the squad as the team looks to reclaim domestic and European dominance under the strategic guidance of coach Xavi Hernández and sporting director Deco.

Dani Olmo, a versatile attacking midfielder from RB Leipzig, has garnered significant attention within the corridors of Camp Nou. Known for his creativity, technical skills, and ability to play across multiple positions, Olmo has proven himself in the Bundesliga and on the international stage. 'Mundo Deportivo' reports a unanimous agreement among Barça's coaching staff and management that Olmo, at 24 years old, is ripe for a move to a top-tier club. His proficiency as a left winger, where he has spent a considerable part of his career, aligns with Barcelona's tactical needs, especially given the team’s recent struggles to find a consistent playmaker in the wide areas.

On the other hand, Nico Williams, the 21-year-old winger from Athletic Bilbao, is also on Barcelona's radar. Likened to Ousmane Dembélé for his pace, dribbling ability, and flair on the ball, Williams has risen as a formidable talent in La Liga. Despite his youth, Williams has shown maturity and excellence on the field, contributing significantly to Athletic Bilbao's attacks. However, securing his services will be a challenge. Athletic Bilbao is known for their firm stance in negotiations, and they are expected to demand the full payment of his 50 million euro release clause, as reported by 'Mundo Deportivo.'

Both players have had impressive seasons. Dani Olmo has been a pivotal figure for Leipzig, contributing eight goals and five assists, demonstrating his capability in front of goal and as a creator. Meanwhile, Nico Williams has made a significant impact at Athletic Bilbao, with seven goals and 15 assists, showcasing his ability to both score and set up goals.

Barcelona's interest in these two talents is part of a broader strategy to rejuvenate the team with young, dynamic players who can adapt to Xavi's tactical setup and contribute to a high-pressing, fast-paced playing style. The club's management is clearly focused on building a squad capable of competing on all fronts, blending experienced players with new blood that can inject speed, agility, and a fresh competitive edge.

As the transfer window approaches, all eyes will be on Barcelona's moves in the market. With financial constraints still looming over the club, the deals for Olmo and Williams will require careful negotiation and strategic financial planning. The potential acquisitions of these players would undoubtedly excite the fans and could mark a significant step in Barcelona's quest to return to the top of both Spanish and European football.

Updated: 04:02, 7 May 2024

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