After Ronald Koeman’s appointment, FC Barcelona’s new coaching team have come up with a new formation for next season, and it does not include Luis Suárez. The club believes that it is time for him to leave considering his age and poor performances over the past few seasons, and has informed the Uruguayan striker that he must depart.
Earlier when Bartomeu named the players who are ‘untouchable’ at the club, the president excluded the Uruguayan in his list. Barça is ready to sell Suarez if a good offer arrives, with Ajax heavily interested in bringing their former star back to Amsterdam. Juventus are also willing to land the Uruguayan striker.
Even though Luis Suarez very recently became the club’s 3rd highest goal-scorer in history and has had some wonderful seasons at the Catalan club, today there is a consensus among fans that the 33-year-old is no longer good enough to get minutes on the field. Culés believe that it is time for him to step-off and look for a new career path.
Suárez, however, intends to stay and believes that he could still add a lot of value to the team. He will reject any incoming offers from various European clubs this summer and is clear about continuing with Barcelona. Whether Barcelona will terminate the player’s contract if no good offer arrives, remains unknown.
Sources: El Chiringuito, Ovacion, Sport, CdS
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.