Barcelona’s unstoppable XI if Kane signs, Messi stays and three others arrive

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Barcelona are firmly in the mix for the signing of Harry Kane. The La Liga giants have made contact with the Tottenham striker’s representatives ahead of the summer transfer window. So Express Sport now takes a look at how the Catalan side could line up if the 27-year-old arrives, Lionel Messi stays and the likes of Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Eric Garcia touch down too.

Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

It’s been a difficult season for Barcelona – and for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in recent weeks.

But though the Germany international has attracted criticism of late, he’s still undroppable in the eyes of Ronald Koeman.

Ter Stegen has, mostly, enjoyed a positive season over at the Nou Camp.

And there’s no chance of the La Liga side moving the shot-stopper on, especially given their current financial situation.

So, with that the case, Ter Stegen is primed to be in goal for Barcelona next season.

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Defence: Garcia, De Jong, Pique

Barcelona are hoping to add Garcia to their squad this summer.

The Manchester City star has struggled for action at the Etihad Stadium, making just 20 appearances in total this term.

And, if he joins Barcelona, he could play in a back three.

Alongside him would be Frenkie de Jong, who has been morphed onto a centre-back during Koeman’s time in charge.

And Gerard Pique remains as vital as ever, even though the Spain international is approaching the twilight years of his career.

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Midfield: Dest, Wijnaldum, Busquets, Alba

Barcelona like to play with three at the back, and four in midfield.

And it’s feasible they’ll stick to that formation next season, especially given how it’s helped Sergio Dest and Jordi Alba kick on.

Sergio Busquets remains an integral piece of the Catalan giants’ jigsaw, even though he’s another player on the wane.

But Barcelona could strengthen in that department by snapping up Wijnaldum.

His muted celebrations in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Sunday suggest he’s poised to leave Anfield behind and Barcelona are confident of securing his signature.

Attack: Messi, Kane, Depay

What a front three this would be.

Barcelona are still hopeful of keeping Messi, despite Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both retaining transfer interest.

And he could be given two new partners in crime.

On the left wing, Memphis Depay is expected to touch down from Lyon – with a move to the Nou Camp in the advanced stages.

And Kane, if he swaps Tottenham for Catalonia, would then be unleashed down the middle.

Kane’s transfer hint

When speaking last month, Kane hinted he was unhappy at Tottenham and their failure to win the biggest trophies on offer.

“Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements,” he said.

“As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest prizes that there is to offer as a team and we are not quite doing that.

“When I look back at the end of my career, I will go over it and take in a little bit more.

“The goal right now as a player is to win team trophies.

“It is bittersweet. I would rather be winning team trophies and this award. It is what it is.

“For sure, if I finish my career as Premier League top goalscorer and, hopefully, England top goalscorer, that’d be incredible.

“But it wouldn’t feel as good if I didn’t have a lot of team trophies to go with that.”

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