Barcelona target Aguero, Alaba and Garcia transfers this summer as president Laporta outlines plans to Messi and Koeman
BARCELONA are targeting Sergio Aguero, David Alaba and Eric Garcia, according to reports.
Joan Laporta was elected as club president by its socios last weekend.
And he is wasting no time getting himself reacquainted with the job he also held between 2003 and 2010.
Barca are strapped for cash, with boss Ronald Koeman having so far had little wiggle room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
Laporta has already held discussions with the Dutchman, with Mundo reporting that they are plotting a trio of high profile free transfers in the summer.
Aguero, Alaba and Garcia all appeal to the club as top calibre players coming to the end of their contracts.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Garcia has already penned a five-year deal ahead of a summer switch.
But Barcelona will face a battle to acquire Alaba and Aguero, with both set to require high salaries – and PSG reportedly willing to hand the former an eyewatering £400,000-a-week.
Laporta has also discussed his plans with Lionel Messi, whose future will be decided in the coming months.
Speaking to RAC1 upon his election Laporta, 58, said: "I will be calling Lionel Messi.
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"Will I convince Leo to stay? It will depend on him.
"I will do what I can, within the economic possibilities of the club, to make him stay at Barca.”
Ronald Koeman's side got off to a disastrous start to the season, languishing in mid-table for a number of weeks.
But, inspired by their Argentine talisman, they have experienced something of a recovery in recent weeks.
In addition to dramatically overturning a two-goal deficit against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Barca now sit just three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga title race.
They still have their work cut out in the Champions League, however, travelling to Paris tomorrow facing a 4-1 deficit against Mauricio Pochettino's PSG.
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