After a whirlwind summer transfer window filled with changes across the board, Barcelona is now looking towards the future and building around its coveted talents.
For one, Barca could be in for yet another free agency debacle as both forward Ansu Fati and midfielder Pedri are set to be out of a contract next year. However, the La Liga side has no plans to let either of the two leave the club as free transfers.
As noted by the Spanish-based outlet Marca, Barca club officials are well interested in coming to terms with Fati and Pedri on new contract extension deals.
For Fati, Marca adds that Barca recently jump-started contract extension talks with him after the summer transfer window closed. Still, there has been no firm confirmation as to whether Fati would be intrigued with signing off on a new deal over this season.
Barca president Joan Laporta recently debunked the rumor that he had been open to offers for Fati over the summer transfer window. Even as the Spanish international is set to become a free agent next year, one would presume that Laporta is well confident of his ability to extend the forward’s stay at the club.
On the other hand, Barca faces a more lenient situation with Pedri’s status at the club. The Catalan giants do have an option to extend his contract for another two years.
The La Liga powerhouse is also looking to sign off on a new extension agreement with center-back Ronald Araujo.
Barca club officials view the Uruguayan defender as a core player for their long-term sporting project.
Unlike Fati and Pedri, Araujo is currently slated to become a free agent in 2023. The report adds that he has made clear of his desire to stay at Barca.
As the Lionel Messi era is now over, Laporta has now shifted his focus to keeping this trio of promising talents.