The summer transfer window is knocking on the door and all clubs are making a list of players they need to strengthen their teams. The bigger clubs have been mildly affected economically due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent suspension of footballing activities, and some of them have already started to sign players.
FC Barcelona, one of Spain’s big two, have been questioned at times for their recent purchases post the departure of Neymar. The likes of Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina, Denis Suarez and Arturo Vidal have not really burnt the grass at Nou Camp, and not using their academy graduates more regularly has not gone down too well with the fans. Barca needs a quick fix on several positions, and we bring you five names the club must attempt to buy in summer of 2020.
A right back who bombs up and down the pitch, Pereira would remind the Blaugrana faithful of the imperious Dani Alves again, and who knows, it might add a little more zip into Lionel Messi’s already unparalleled performances. Neslon Semedo hasn’t lived up to expectations at the club, and Pereira’s technical ability and ability to adapt quick can help Barcelona in the long run.
Carles Puyol’s departure saw Gerard Pique take up the leadership in the defensive line at FC Barcelona, but there’s no clear successor to that throne at the moment, with Samuel Umtiti inconsistent and injury prone and Clement Lenglet not the best talker. In this scenario, steps in Upamecano. Strong, fast, young and tackles like a springy scorpion, Upamecano would reminds fans of Puyol and his life-on-the-line defending.
Romagnoli is no Puyol, but is certainly a leader of men. Club captain at AC Milan at a young age and a capable ball-player, his heading abilities are second to none. He’s not as costly as some of his counterparts in Europe, and is a secure long-term option to replace Gerard Pique. Italians are inarguably intelligent defenders and Barcelona has always looked for security at the back to ensure their forwards play freely.
He might be close to Chelsea according to some reports, but we’ve seen a lot of last minute transfer scoops in the past. With Luis Suarez gradually waning and Antoine Griezmann not scoring enough, a lot of it falls on Leo Messi, who would love to have some more support. Timo Werner, a forward who excels in possession and has scored 31 times already this season, will excel in the role. He’s just 24, and that will make him a long-term servant of the club.
Fast, powerful and an eye for goal, Lautaro Martinez is as attacking as a striker can get. He loves to get on the end of balls and put them into the back of the net, and has been on the radar of FC Barcelona for some time now. He can strike a fearful striking partnership with Messi in the final third, something Luis Suarez did to perfection. Reports claim that the striker could cost anywhere between £100m to £150m this summer if the Nerazzurri agree to sell. He could be a massive statement signing for the Spanish club.
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