FC Barcelona will find it difficult to sign, economically, in January but they have control of the promising youth scene. They are looking at players to bring in during the summer and beyond.
There is less than month before the transfer window opens and the big clubs are starting to work on new signings. FC Barcelona will find it difficult to sign, economically, but they have control of the promising youth scene.
Nolito has been the target for a while, but he is looking less and less likely. Barcelona’s good form and his elevated price, have made it difficult to justify signing him. With Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal soon to be registered, the Asturian has a decent squad to arrive in May in good condition.
For this, the club are working on younger players with good projections in the future.
The performances of Claudio Bravo and the promise of Ter Stegen mean this position is sewn up, the present and the future. However, the club are watching Gianluigi Donnarumma, the 16-year-old who starts for AC Milan. He’s 1m 96 tall and in Italy they are raving about him, with some even mentioning him as a future Buffon.
This has always been a troubled spot for Barcelona and many players have been signed, but the starters are Mascherano and Pique. The Argentine might need some relief and Barcelona are working on the ideas of signing John Stones or Aymeric Laporte in the summer. They have similar profiles, young, good at bringing the ball out, and strong from set pieces. Moreover, beside Gerard Pique they could both grow as footballers.
This is where Barcelona are paying close attention. They want to give priorities to players from the cantera, like Sergi Samper, and the even younger Carles Alena – though he is still very young. In Europe, they are watching Weigl of Borussia Dortmund, and Federico Bernardeschi, of Fiorentina, though the German player is more interesting to Barcelona.
It’s a position Barcelona are covered in, with Messi, Neymar and Suarez. The best attack in the world, and perhaps in history. However, there is no guarantee from the bench. Munir and Sandro can’t be totally trusted.
Braida has been to Basel to watch Breel Embolo. The 18 year old hitman has 26 goals and 18 assists in 71 games. And they are also watching Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. The Premier League sensation has 14 goals in 14 games.
Without doubt, there are many interesting young players out there and Barcelona are monitoring their evolution. It’s Robert Fernandez’s job, but Luis Enrique has a lot of power over decisions taken too. Between them, they will decide who signs for FC Barcelona.