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Barcelona: Georginio Wijnaldum, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay are club's top January targets

Barcelona could wait for the contracts of trio Wijnaldum, Depay and Garcia to expire at their respective clubs before making approaches; La Liga club not expected to add to the squad before presidential elections on January 24

Georginio Wijnaldum
Image: Georginio Wijnaldum is one of Barcelona's key transfer targets

Barcelona's top three transfer targets are Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum, Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia and Lyon forward Memphis Depay.

However, they face a difficult task to land them during the January transfer window and are more likely to target free transfers in the summer, when all three are out of contract.

Ronald Koeman wants fellow Dutchmen Wijnaldum and Depay in his team after trying to sign them last summer.

Technical director Ramon Planes wants to bring Garcia back to the club after he left La Masia academy for Manchester City in 2017.

Pep Guardiola revealed last summer that Garcia wanted to depart the Etihad Stadium after rejecting an offer of a new contract.

Eric Garcia
Image: Eric Garcia has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp

Barcelona are not expected to make any new additions until the outcome of the presidential election on January 24.

Whoever wins may also choose a different technical director to Planes, with different ideas.

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The election will mean a scramble to try and land any of these targets in the final days of the window, while also beginning the offensive to try and persuade Lionel Messi to stay.

Memphis Depay, Lyon
Image: Memphis Depay joined Lyon from Manchester United in 2017

Messi, whose contract also runs out this summer, can begin to speak to foreign clubs this month with City, Paris Saint-Germain, and clubs in the MLS all interested.

Messi has said he will wait until the end of the season to decide his future. He wants to wait for the outcome of the election and listen to the new president's ideas.

Barcelona manager Koeman has said on Sunday that he wants the club to prioritise signing a new number nine.

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