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Setién has already decided: Barça will bet on signing a '9' in January

Published:21/01/2020 - 10:44h

Updated:21/01/2020 - 12:37h

The long-term leave of Luis Suárez opened the doors to the arrival of a '9' in a decision that was to be taken by the new coaching staff. Setién would have given free way for the signing

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The injury of Luis Suárez turned into a hard setback for the FC Barcelona. The meniscus of his knee follows him giving the same problems that pursue him from two years ago and does hardly a day subjected to a new surgical intervention. An operation that, in spite of the initial forecasts, will have him in the dry dam during four months, losing a decisive phase of the season.

In this way, Quique Setién, appointed like new trainer of the FC Barcelona the past Monday, landed in the Camp Nou with an important problem: it had remained without the maximum second goleador of the staff (carried 14 so many annotated). Given the circumstances, the sportive direction communicated him to the new technical body the option to be able to fichar to a '9' this same market of winter.

The own Setién would have been emplazado to have the last word, but with a margin of narrow decision since the market of winter only remains opened during the present month of January. After little more than a week like tenant of the bench culé and according to several sectors of the Catalan press, this Monday the Cantabrian would have given free road to the signing of a leading centre.

The immediate arrival of a '9' is a delicate subject for the FC Barcelona, that did not have foreseen to make an important investment in winter. The initial plan was to go to by a footballer contrasted next summer, but then had not exploded the 'bomb' of the four months of absence of a so vital player like Luis Suárez.

The staff of the FC Barcelona is extensive and has good resources for suplir to the Uruguayan without fichar, since so much Leo Messi like Antoine Griezmann have capacity to occupy this position of 'false leading centre' that so well worked in the period of Pep Guardiola in Can Barça. However, after a week and little more training to the Barça, Setién would have seen necessary the incorporation of a specialist of area.

There will be 'new Boateng'

The past market of winter, Ernesto Valverde also demanded the arrival of a leading acting centre of Suárez and Kevin-Prince Boateng, that went the elected, did not fulfil the expectations. Thus, the Barça would have the premise to bring to a forward contrasted, doing without experiments or of footballers of 'half class'. To experience already is the quarry and, if there is arrived of a '9', will be an important player.

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