Five reasons why Barcelona do not consider signing a midfielder in the summer – report
In a recent interview, Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed three positions of interest for the club in the summer transfer window.
“We must sign a right-back, while a CB will depend on the market possibilities. A striker surely yes, but it is likely that someone will have to leave. We have a great midfield and I don’t see the need to sign someone there,” he said.
Juan Foyth and Benjamin Pavard are among Barcelona’s priorities for the right-back position, while Thomas Meunier and Diogo Dalot make for adequate plan Bs.
Elsewhere, the Catalans are targeting a left-footed centre-back, with Inigo Martinez their top-priority. If his signing gets complicated, however, Barça could shift their attention towards Evan Ndicka or Aymeric Laporte.
As for the striker, Vitor Roque seems to be their only choice, and as per latest reports, talks have been advancing with the Brazilian.
Laporta interestingly left out a midfielder, even though Barcelona need a long-term replacement, or a backup, at least for Sergio Busquets. As per SPORT, there are five reasons as to why they do not consider signing a midfielder in the summer.
1. Busquets and Roberto’s extensions
Sergi Roberto has already extended his contract with Barcelona for another year, and the possibility of extending that even further for a year.
Busquets is expected to renew as well, even though the club has not tabled a formal offer for the captain. A few months ago, he was considering leaving, but has since changed his mind after Xavi’s requests.
2. Nico Gonzalez’s return from Valencia loan
Barcelona sent out Nico Gonzalez on loan to Valencia in the summer when the midfielder was not expected to get minutes at Barcelona. He is expected to return to Catalonia in the summer, and would likely be a part of the first-team dynamics.
While his best position is still up for debate, Nico can slot in both as a No. 6 and a No. 8, which solves a ton of problems for Xavi and co.
3. Confidence in the youth
Barcelona have a fair few youngsters coming through the youth academy that can take up positions in midfield, and even the defensive midfield role, albeit differently than Busquets.
One of them is Marc Casado, who has already debuted with the senior team and received high praise from Xavi.
Elsewhere, Pablo Torre also remains an option, even though he has not been receiving minutes of late. An attacking midfielder by trade, his profile fits right into Barcelona’s midfield-three setup.
4. Satisfaction from current midfield
In Pedri, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Franck Kessie, Pablo Torre, and even Sergi Roberto, Barcelona have a tremendous midfield rota in the team.
While only one of them is a natural No. 6 by trade, De Jong, Roberto, and even Kessie can slot into that role without too much hassle, and have displayed the same this season.
While Pedri is the best creative outlet in this setup, De Jong, Busquets, Gavi are all creators from different areas in the pitch in their own capacity. Not to forget Torre, who is known to be a final-third creative beast.
5. Bernardo, Zubimendi, Gundogan: Expensive dreams
Barcelona have been linked to a fair few midfielders over the past year, including but not limited to the likes of Martin Zubimendi, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, and Ruben Neves.
However, these are all cloud-nine dreams Barcelona cannot afford.
Zubimendi’s release clause stands at €60 million, with Arsenal ready to rival them for him. Bernardo would cost at least €70 million, while Barça would need to shell out around €40-50 million for Neves, too.
Gundogan is certainly available on a free transfer, but his salary also moves in the improbable region of transfer rumours.