FC Barcelona has always remained in the highlights for the transfer news and this time it is also the same. Fans and football experts all wants to look forward to what is going to happen in this summer transfer market. Are we going to see Messi-Suarez-Neymar like before or is there going to be another addition in the formation all are very much keen to see what happens next. According to some football rumours there is going to happen something special for Barcelona. They are going to bring some big names in the club and as well as some players are going to leave to raise some club funds.
After the Champions League exit against Liverpool at Anfield, Barcelona is looking for some defensive solutions. Also there is a rumour that Samuel Umtiti may leave this season. Arsenal and Manchester City are paying some good interests in him. But Umtiti himself declared that he wants to stay in Barcelona because according to him wages may be high in other clubs but playing at Barcelona will improve his quality.
Club president Bartomeu is also looking forward to sign Matthijs de Ligt, sensational Ajax defender in this season. He will be a very good option in Barcelona defence alongside with Pique. But this is going to be very tough for Barcelona to sign De Ligt because Juventus and PSG are also paying interest in him. According to Italian media Juventus can offer a deal of 85 Million for this centre back. So, at the end this may happen that he is not going to come in Barcelona.
In mid-field there is also going to be a lot of changes. In current formation there is Sergio Buskets playing as a defensive midfielder alongside with Ivan Rakitić, Aurthor Melo as Center Midfielder and Arturo Vidal as a substitute. But the lost at Anfield against Liverpool has proven one thing that this Barca Midfield lacks the magical touch which used to happen in the time of Andrés Iniesta and Xavi. In the summer market Barcelona has already signed Frankie de Jong, Ajax midfielder who had played a key role for their club in the Champions League. So fans are hoping to see some nostalgic performances because Johan Cruyff former legend of the Catalan Super Giants also played for Ajax and then for Barcelona. So, these similarities have given a new hope to the Barca fans that they can win the Champions League again.
Now if we talk about some exit clause then there are also some news about it. Barcelona has a tremendous bench of talented young players. Some players couldn’t get enough first team experience because of that. For this reason Barcelona are selling some players to raise club funds and also to make room for upcoming talents. Jasper Cillessen, Barcelona goalkeeper has got only five appearances in previous season so the Catalan club has already decided to sell the stopper for 35 million Euros to Valencia. There are also some rumours about Sergio Buskets to leave Barcelona but club president Bartomeu has told that they need Buskets in midfield for his experience.
Now the most interesting part of all the transfer news. Griezmann, 2018 world cup winner centre forward and Uefa Europa League winner for Atletico de Madrid has announced already that he is going to leave Madrid this summer. Barcelona has made contact with him. This is going to be big news because Griezmann playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will surely strengthen the front three line up. But when club president Bartomeu has been asked about Griezmann news he replied that he has not made any contact with the French forward yet. Recently Barcelona has proposed a 104 million Euros offer to Atletico de Madrid for Griezmann but nothing has been made official yet.
These are not only reason for the concern. Barcelona is a team which is famous for its aggressive passing football. But in recent years Barcelona’s style of play is changed quiet a lot and that is affecting them. Previously when in 2015 Barcelona won their last Champions League trophy they played with a dynamic passing strategy in the final third of the field but in now days Messi and Suarez is getting older so they are lacking their pace. This thing is a great concern because opponent’s defensive players are targeting them cutting off their ball supply from the rest of the midfield. So, they need an attacking player who can control the whole field with his pace and ball control abilities just like Messi did in his twenties. This is the major concern for most of the fans “is Griezmann going to be that much affective in field in terms of attacking?”
This are all the player news which may happen in the upcoming months but some former legends of the club and most of the fans wants to see a change in the managing area. Ernesto Valverde, the current manager of the team has been a part of the team for two years. In these two years the team has won two La Liga titles and one Copa Del Rey titles but zero Champions League title. Valverde has a ninety percent record of winnings in previous two years but he has lost the most crucial matches like against Liverpool or Roma despite having three goals lead in both occasions. So, most of the fans are demanding some change regarding Valverde because his tactics are being countered against him. But club president Bartomeu has announced officially that Valverde is going to stay as manager because loses happens in matches and that is not Valverde’s fault.
So, we can say the next season is surely going to be one of most exciting season for Barcelona regarding every aspect.
This Article is Written By : Aditya Narayan Daw
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