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Barça must sell, but in moderation: The short squad does not work

Published:4/08/2020 - 15:31h

Updated:4/08/2020 - 15:31h

Barça is preparing for a very demanding summer, and can not make more mistakes. The catalans assume they should sell but must do it in moderation, because the short-squad strategy doesn't work

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The FC Barcelona ultima his planning for the season 2020-21, and has to be more attentive that never. The reform that wished in the City Condal has seen loomed by the crisis of the coronavirus, and has forced to think more in traspasos that in the longed for, and at the same time needy, incorporations. Although the economic plot is vital for the future, the Catalans can not neglect in the sportive.

Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted recently that touches to think in barters to reinforce and that there will be numerous sales. This is not a surprise because the changing room is immersed in a delicate relief generacional, that has to give exit to an extraordinary group of players and seat the bases so that the day of tomorrow continue the series of successes of the last times. This yes, the alarms already are sounding in the Camp Nou.

The task of the sportive managers approaches more to the suspense that to the approved, and it is necessary to watch with a short staff that does not serve. The strategy has fracasado because the first team carries several very just years of petrol, with a nucleo hard worn out by the experience and the accumulation of minutes and doubtful decisions in the market that have not translated in performance futbolístico. These circumstances are not isolated, and form a pattern that has to serve like warning in a little favourable stage that will not take in putting even worse.

If somebody thought that the pandemia only would affect to the campaign 2019-20, was very mistaken, because the 2020-21 goes to be of infarct. It does not be necessary to forget that it still has not ensured the return of the public to the stadiums, what supposes a limit to financial level. And no only this, since the course will begin later because of the delay of the competitions and without hardly rest for the holidays. Between protocols of security, go to go back the championships with a more compressed calendar that it will have to leave space to the selections, protagonists of the next summer.

If they want to recover the joys and leave to clear discontents, the culés have to apply and begin to bend positions. For the moment, the rumours do reference to a big number of farewells but to signings very interesting but dangerously concrete. Also there is several perlas that arrive and others that go up of the filial, but if this is really the bet, touches to confirm it on the lawn. No longer they cost indictments or doubts and it is necessary to give the face with what there is. And if with footballers of 18 and 20 years follows struggling by titles, welcome was the change.

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The priority in this plot is to renew to Marc-André ter Stegen, and also know who will back him the course that comes. The sale of Net Walled is interesting but difficult to concretise, and touches to decide if it will be able to obtain a good agreement by the Brazilian or if it will be Iñaki Crag the one who occupy his place. The canterano is smart to test with more requirement, so if it does not remain , the idea that is that foguee in a cession.


For the time being, the Barcelona are slopes of the central, but also is necessary to answer to the questions of the sides. Gerard Hammered and Clément Lenglet will keep on being headlines and Ronald Araújo will rise to cover them the backs. Jean-Clair Todibo aims to a traspaso because his value is high and the intention of the leaders is to give exit to Samuel Umtiti, already was with a conveyance with option to buy or a traspaso pure and hard. To square the numbers, it will be necessary to bring to another defender, and the favourite is Eric Garcia, that breed in the Masia and could go out cheap.

In the bands there is more calm but practically the same urgency, because the configuration of the carrileros is in the air. Nélson Semedo Debate between the renewal and his use like coin of change, in spite of knowing that there are not reliefs of guarantees in the market and that Quique Setién is doing to shine to Sergi Roberto in the centre of the field. In this position would do fault one or two reinforcements, as well as in the another flank, in which Jordi Alba is safe but does not know which sucederá with Junior Firpo. The Hispanic-dominican is put in the 'operation Lautaro Martínez' and have sounded diverse names to cover him. If there are not incorporations, Juan Miranda or Sergio Akieme could have options.

Centre of the field

It is one of the zones with more pending decisions, since there is a lot of cloth for cutting. As fixed would be Sergio Busquets, Frenkie of Jong and Riqui Puig, and already is safe that Arthur goes to the Juventus and that in return arrives Miralem Pjanic. Also they could do the cases Ivan Rakitic and/or Arturo Vidal, and Matheus Fernandes aims to another cession. In the chapter of canteranos, goes in Carles Aleñá and goes out Rafinha Alcántara, and remains for knowing which sucederá with promises like Oriol Busquets, Monchu and Álex Hill, that could remain or go out yielded -as Pedri- or traspasados with option of repurchase. In this plot do fault more than positions bent, because the requirement is maximum and always there are injuries or sanctions.


The positions are more or less bent in the forward, but remains for sealing a configuration of guarantees. The big aim of the summer is Lautaro Martínez because there is not any specialist that can cover to Luis Suárez, a nine that offers solutions, mark and improvement to his mates. If it resolves this case, the looks will centre in the sales, since Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite are near to do the cases and perhaps could accompany them Ousmane Dembélé. If the French remains and achieves esquivar the injuries, would contribute more talent to a team that already has to Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and that incorporates to an interesting jewel like Francisco Trincao.

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