Barcelona handed financial boost as club chase Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Bernardo Silva

Barcelona were handed a recent financial boost, but what does that mean for the club’s summer transfer plans, and their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Bernardo Silva?

Following three straight years of losses, Barcelona's financial outlook is beginning to look brighter after the club's members voted in favour of a big money deal for merchandising and television rights. 

The vote allows the Catalan giants to sell a stake of up to 49.9% in the club's subsidiary company, Barca Licensing and Merchandising. What's more, with 25% of television rights up for grabs, Barcelona could bring in as much as £600million from the two deals alone.

The club have stressed that the money will be used to offset some of their debt which currently stands at over €1billion.

However, part of those funds are also expected to be used on strengthening the squad as Xavi looks to turn his side into title contenders.

With that in mind, here's a look at their main transfer targets.

Robert Lewandowski

Poland international Robert Lewandowski has already expressed his desire to leave Bayern Munich. However, the one major stumbling block preventing his move to Barcelona has been the club's inability to pay the big bucks. Considering the latest developments, that might not be an issue for long. 

Lewandowski still has one year left on his contract, and the German champions are looking for a transfer fee of around £35million.

Nevertheless, the deal appears to have moved a step closer after Bayern agreed a move with Liverpool for Senegalese forward Sadio Mane - a potential replacement for Lewandowski.

Jules Kounde

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde was chased by Chelsea for the best part of a year.

Despite their strong interest, it's Barcelona who appear to be in the driving seat for the Frenchman, with the club understood to be in advanced talks.

Xavi is looking for fresh options at centre-back considering the ongoing uncertainty over Gerard Pique.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta could still leave Chelsea this summer

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to follow the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen through the Stamford Bridge exit door this summer.

The Blues have triggered the Spaniard's automatic renewal clause in his contract meaning Barcelona will need to splash some cash if they are to seal his signature.

Following the departure of Dani Alves, Xavi is keen to fill the hole at left-back and Azpilicueta would certainly fit that bill.

Marcos Alonso

Another Chelsea man who could be about to swap Stamford Bridge for the Camp Nou is Marcos Alonso.

With one year left on his contract, it appears Barcelona will have to dig into their pockets if they are to strike a deal.

Alonso recently dropped a hint about his future, telling Onda Cero: "I can't complain about anything at Chelsea, but the desire to play in Spain is there. It doesn't depend entirely on me and I'm happy at Chelsea, honestly."

Bernardo Silva

After a sensational season with Manchester City, it would take some effort - and money - if Bernardo Silva is to join Barcelona.

If recent financial boosts aren't enough, the Catalan outfit could acquire the necessary cash if Manchester United complete their deal for Frenkie de Jong.

Should Silva make the move this summer, it would certainly make for enthralling viewing considering the player would share the middle of the park with Pedri and Sergio Busquets.

Raphinha

Leeds United's Raphinha appears dejected during the Premier League match at Elland Road, Leeds.

With continuing uncertainty over the future of Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona are keen to sign Leeds United winger, Raphinha.

With the Whites managing to avoiding relegation last season, the Spanish outfit would need to fork out around £50million to make the deal happen.

However, there is a worry that if Barcelona stall for much longer, another team could swoop in on the forward.

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