Xavi has prioritised the signing of two players for Barcelona

Following the assembly vote last week to activate the ‘economic levers’, Barcelona are expecting a major injection of funds into the club which should enable them to operate in the transfer market on equal footing with their rivals.

The Blaugrana should have enough money to go after their intended targets while also having a sufficient salary margin to register the incoming players.

Now, Diario AS is reporting that following the assembly vote, Barcelona president Joan Laporta himself called manager Xavi Hernandez to inform him about the outcome.

It is claimed that Xavi and Laporta then had a discussion about the transfer targets that the manager wants to bring in this summer.

The report states that the 42-year-old tactician informed the president he wants two players as a top priority.

The Barcelona manager wants the club to secure the signings of Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski and Sevilla defender Jules Kounde at the earliest.

Lewandowski has been linked heavily with a move to Camp Nou for weeks now.

The Blaugrana already have a contract agreement in place with the 33-year-old striker, but Bayern Munich are playing hardball and are refusing to let go of their superstar striker.

However, things could get moving now that Barcelona are set to have the necessary funds, with reports indicating that a €50 million offer for the Polish international could be in the works.

As for Kounde, he has been identified as the main defensive target by Xavi, who is planning with a reduced role in mind for Gerard Pique this season.

The 23-year-old Frenchman is valued at €80 million, but Barça are hoping to lower the valuation by offering a player in exchange.

Sergino Dest is being touted as the most likely makeweight, with the report indicating that the good relationship between Xavi and Fernando Navarro, second in command to Sevilla director Monchi, could help the Catalans secure the signing.

Xavi is said to have further informed Laporta that he wishes to have Lewandowski and Kounde on board in time for Barça’s pre-season tour to the United States of America in mid-July.

Whether the club can deliver the two signings by then remains to be seen.