FC Barcelona Vice President Javier Faus has claimed that the club management will not hesitate to spend big this summer in order to “maintain sporting excellence.”

“We will be making some big investments in the transfer market this summer,” Faus was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.

“We are ready just like we will be ready in the future. The club’s main priority will always be to maintain sporting excellence.

“Our financial situation will not be an obstacle.”

It is being reported that there will be a overhaul of the Barca squad in the summer. While keeper Victor Valdes confirmed earlier that he will be moving out of the club after this season, club legend Carles Puyol also announced his retirement last week.

Meanwhile, Barca is also reportedly interested in signing the long term successor for ageing maestro Xavi Hernandez. The names linked as the potential targets are all so called “marqee” players and Barca will have to break their bank in order to get them.

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the deal to bring Neymar to the club last summer, Faus has insisted Barca will be prepared to invest heavily in order to replace Valdes and Puyol prior to next season.

Barcelona have already reached an agreement with Borussia Monchengladbach over the transfer of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for a fee in the region of €12 million and are now set to turn their attention towards defensive reinforcements. If recent media reports have anything to go by, David Luiz, Daniel Agger and Ilkay Gundongen are going to be the two primary targets of Barca in summer

Barca President: This Group Can Get Out of the Tight Situations

It seems that the club president has come to the rescue of Barca players who are the subject of critics from everywhere.

The club president said: “This group has already shown us it knows how to get out of tight situations, both on and off the field. We will keep our faith in them to the end”, Bartomeu took to the social networks to say.

Barça took part in a gentle recovery session at the Ciudad Deportiva de Sant Joan Despi training ground. Following the defeat against Valladolid which leaves them trailing the league leaders, the Manchester City clash is now just round the corner and the team cannot afford another mistake.

Andoni Zubizarreta called for reflection in the wake of the ‘Pucela’ disaster, but it was not a group reflection. Gerardo Martino spent no more than five minutes talking to his players before the session began.

“We still have time to respond, but that response has to start now”, was the message the coach impressed on his men. There was no conversation. The players simply nodded and got on with their training. There were no reprimands, nor was there any analysis of the match at the Zorrilla. The message was a call to action.