Barcelona transfer boost: Kessie, Lewandowski & the six players in line for Camp Nou moves after club's €267m TV rights deal

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Barcelona's long-time financial woes might now be at an end.

The club announced on Thursday announced a deal that will see them raise €267 million (£229m/$277m) from the sale of 10 per cent of their La Liga television rights to global investment firm Sixth Street Partners.

And while club president Joan Laporta stressed sustainable growth, they will now likely have the opportunity to flex their muscles in the transfer market this summer with a handful of high-profile signings.

As always, Barca had been linked to a string of big names even before the cash injection, and the following six stars are firmly within the Catalan's sights.

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    Franck Kessie | Free Agent (Formerly Milan)

    Kessie has been expected to sign for Barcelona ever since he parted company with Milan following the Rossoneri's Serie A win in May.

    But despite already posing in the club shirt, the midfielder is still yet to officially join.

    Barca's precarious financial situation and the need to stay within La Liga fair play rules have delayed Kessie's arrival, but with the new funds that should now be a formality.

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    Andreas Christensen | Free Agent (Formerly Chelsea)

    Christensen's current situation is almost identical to that of Kessie.

    The former Chelsea defender has left Stamford Bridge and agreed terms with Barca, only to be left in limbo due to their economic difficulties.

    Now, though, there should be nothing to stop the Dane signing terms, with the Catalans lining up July 11 as the preferred date to unveil both free transfers.

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    Cesar Azpilicueta | Chelsea

    Stamford Bridge is turning into a fruitful hunting ground for Barcelona this summer.

    After convincing Christensen to leave for Catalunya, the Blaugrana have gone back for full-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

    Chelsea will not let their long-time favourite leave without a fight, with reports suggesting that Barca will have to pay €13 million (£11m) for the defender and another €13m should they wish to also sign Marcos Alonso. With the new funds available, though, that sum could be reachable for the Liga giants.

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    Robert Lewandowski | Bayern Munich

    Lewandowski would be the jewel in Barca's summer transfer crown, a proven goalscorer of the highest level who has smashed records for fun in recent years in the Bundesliga.

    Just a few months ago proposing such a deal would have been laughable, but Lewandowski's own desire to leave and now the TV agreement mean it may not be so far-fetched.

    Barca would nevertheless still have to pay dearly, possibly up to £52 million to satisfy Bayern's demands.

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    Raphinha | Leeds United

    Raphinha has been electric for Leeds over the past two years and his talents on the ball out wide bring to mind a former Barca favourite in Neymar, his colleague in the Brazil national team.

    GOAL learned in May that the winger had agreed personal terms with the club, but there is still no deal with Leeds, who reportedly already have an accord with Chelsea. Barca would likely have to surpass the estimated £60 million agreed fee in order to snatch Raphinha away from west London.

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    Kalidou Koulibaly | Napoli

    Koulibaly has been linked with Barca, not to mention much of Europe's elite, for some time now, and this summer may finally be the moment that the Napoli ace receives his big move after years impressing in Serie A.

    Napoli will of course want to get the best deal for their defensive gem, upwards of £30 million; while reports suggest that Chelsea are also looking to swoop.