Joan Laporte insists cash-strapped Barcelona will 'improve the squad'

‘We can still improve more’: Joan Laporte insists cash-strapped Barcelona will ‘improve the squad’ in the ‘winter market’ despite selling off several assets to fund summer spree of over £145m on ‘powerful’ squad

  • Joan Laporta is adamant that Barcelona can spend more over the winter window
  • Barcelona face Real Madrid on Sunday in the first Clasico meeting of the season
  • Laporta claims to have discussed reinforcing the squad with the coaching staff 

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is adamant that the club will continue to spend in the upcoming winter transfer market, despite having to sell several of their assets to fund their most recent spending spree. 

Laporta, currently serving his second term at the Camp Nou, is adamant that his side can work towards further strengthening the team, adding to the likes of recent acquisitions Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde. 

Barca currently sit top of LaLiga, level on points with this weekend’s opponents Real Madrid as they make an improved start to the season domestically in 2022-23. 

Joan Laporta insisted that Barcelona will continue to compete for signings in the winter market

‘We are working on the market,’ Laporta told Barca TV. ‘We have had talks with the coaching staff and we intend to improve the squad, which is already very powerful but can still improve more.

‘We are working with the coach, with the technical secretariat and the director of football for this winter market. 

‘We have been analysing things for some time and the team will be improved if we have the chance to do so.’

Barca spent heavily in the summer on new signings including Robert Lewandowski (right)

The club’s recent signings have had an impact on a squad that was filled with aged stars far beyond their best, and many who were not good enough to justify the exorbitant financial burden they placed on the club. 

Much of the initial work in the summer was centred on casting aside this dead wood, moving on the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Miralem Pjanic, Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho.

But while the work to right the ship has paid clear dividends in the league, Barca are now on the verge of an early exit from the Champions League, with just one win from four games. 

The Poland skipper has been in scintillating form scoring nine in eight games in LaLiga so far

The Blaugrana now have the first Clasico of the season to look forward to this weekend, the first real domestic test of their credentials. 

They have only conceded once, with defensive recruits Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso having an instant impact. 

But they are also the league’s top scorers, led of course by the talismanic Lewandowski who already has nine league goals and two assists from eight games to his name.

Laporta spoke with Xavi (L) about signings having moved on a number of players over summer

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