LEAKED documents have exposed Barcelona's transfer strategy that involves signing experience over youth.
The club has been criticised for the lack of talent coming through the academy compared to the previous years.
That was epitomised in February when the club surprisingly signed former Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithewaite for £15million.
Barcelona have been one of the worst affected over the coronavirus pandemic with their finances taking a major hit.
The Catalan giants have the highest wage bill in world football and it is reported by AS that they will need to sell this summer in order to buy.
Eyebrows have been raised over increased speculation that 30-year-old midfielder Miralem Pjanic remains the top of their priority.
It is particularly surprising considering Barca have young talent in that position including Arthur Melo, 23, and upcoming star Riqui Puig.
But a leaked document exposed by AS suggests it is all part of the plan at the Nou Camp.
In regards to a new midfielder, it reads: "The requirements of the specific position must be taken into account. Perhaps not only very young players should be signed.
"Older players contribute more in positions where more knowledge of the game is required.
“An experienced footballer may need less time to adapt to his new club and give his best level from the first moment."
It also goes onto add how the statistics show that an older player in midfield boasts better passing statistics.
It adds: "The percentage of successful passes is 3-5 percent higher in 30-year-old soccer players compared to those between 16 to 29.
“In addition, the synchronisation of the more veteran players in the competition is better than younger players.”
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