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Barcelona linked with 7 midfielders for loan deal

Are any of these players the “new Edgar Davids”

Bologna FC v AS Roma - Serie A TIM Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Ciancaphoto Studio/Getty Images

Club president Joan Laporta has publicly confirmed FC Barcelona’s intention to sign a “new Edgar Davids” to add steel to the midfield in a loan deal. This comes after the injury to Gavi, as well as Oriol Romeu’s disappointing form.

Mundo Deportivo has come up with a seven-man list of players that could be signed on a short term basis. They are:

Renato Sanches (AS Roma): Renato Sanches, a 26-year-old Portuguese international, known for his versatility, is currently on loan at Roma. Despite his promising career, he has faced challenges, and his loan spell with Roma has not been as successful as expected.

Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City): Kalvin Phillips, a 28-year-old English international, transferred from Leeds to Manchester City in 2022 for €55 million. However, he has struggled to find significant playing time at City, with only 306 minutes this season. Juventus is interested in a loan deal with a potential purchase option, while Barcelona may also consider pursuing a similar move.

Andrey Santos (Chelsea): Andrey Santos, a 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder, joined Chelsea from Vasco da Gama for €12 million in 2022. Currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, his limited playing time (7 minutes in the Premier League) has led Chelsea to reconsider his future, possibly offering an opportunity for other clubs.

Thomas Partey (Arsenal): Thomas Partey, a physically robust midfielder, joined Arsenal from Atlético Madrid for €50 million in 2020. Injuries have hindered his consistency in Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. While the club considers selling him in January, no concrete developments have occurred. He has played 341 minutes across 5 games this season. He also carries baggage stemming

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham): Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, a 28-year-old Danish international, currently plays a secondary role at Tottenham. With 671 minutes in 17 games, he has attracted interest from clubs outside the Premier League. The possibility of a move, including links to Atlético Madrid, has been discussed.

Yann M’Vila (Free Agent): Yann M’Vila, a 33-year-old French international, is currently without a club after leaving the Greek league. Linked to potential interest from Atlético Madrid previously, he is now rumored to be of interest to Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais.

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Abha in Saudi Arabia): Grzegorz Krychowiak, a 33-year-old Polish international, known for his time at Sevilla FC, is currently playing for Abha in Saudi Arabia. Despite his age, he has put up impressive numbers in the current season, with 20 appearances, 1,721 minutes, 3 goals, and 1 assist. His contract with Abha expires in 2024.

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