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The list of the center-backs wanted by Luis Enrique

Laporte, Marquinhos and Javi Martínez are the players the coach likes, according to TV3

The list of the center-backs wanted by Luis Enrique
The list of the center-backs wanted by Luis Enrique

Laporte, Marquinhos and Javi Martínez are the players the coach likes, according to TV3

Javi Martínez Marquinhos Laporte

FC Barcelona have conceded this season 51 goals in 58 games and lost defensive rigor of the previous campaign, where the team only received 38 in 60 clashes. For this reason, Luis Enrique wants to strengthen the center-back position next summer.

The Asturian coach wants to strengthen competition for Piqué and Mascherano as neither Mathieu nor Vermaelen or Bartra have been at the level of fighting for a place in the XI. In this scenario, Catalan television TV3 has published the list of center-backs that like Luis Enrique likes: Laporte, Marquinhos and Javi Martinez.

The center-back Laporte is the main preference but he has a clause of 50 million euros and Athletic Club does not want to negotiate. Some media suggest that Guardiola and Txiki's Manchester City would be willing to pay the clause to get the services of one of the most promising defenders in Europe.

The second option is Marquinhos, a player who was already linked with the club when he played in Roma. Currently he is not starter in PSG, where David Luiz and Thiago Silva usually play, a fact that could make Marquinhos want to go to a club where he can play more minutes.

And finally, the third name on the list is Javi Martinez. He is the oldest of the three (he is 27 years old, and the other two are 21) so he has more experience. Currently he is playing for Bayern Munich. He is good in playing the ball out and he is strong. He can also play as defensive midfielder. We'll see which role he could have with Ancelotti and if he wants to stay in Germany.

Moreover, TV3 also point out that the club is following the Portuguese André Gomes (Valencia), a strong player for the midfield but with a good technique. Other European clubs such as Juventus moved to try joining this promising young player.