Barcelona’s decision to part ways with Luis Suarez before successfully acquiring a good replacement is already haunting the team. While the Uruguayan is breaking records and enjoying a career-high output at Atletico Madrid, Ronald Koeman’s troops are missing a big presence down the middle channels.
Still, the talk of a proper replacement in the form of a new signing is still big over in Catalonia. While we don’t know whether Barcelona have already identified someone as their main target, we do know Koeman would love to add a new striker to his squad.
According to one of their former midfielders, Luis Garcia, there are two ideal candidates the Catalans should look into. When speaking to Goal, the ex-Blaugrana hailed Erling Braut Haaland of Borussia Dortmund and Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad as worthy replacements.
He said to the outlet: “We’ve got Haaland on top, a striker who is a different number nine to what Barcelona are used to. They have been playing Antoine Griezmann as a number nine and also Messi and Martin Braithwaite. But these are not forwards who are built for this kind of Barcelona. Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad is another striker who I really like to watch. He’s a young talent, tall, has quality on the ball.”
Of course, most football fans will be familiar with both names. Haaland is widely regarded as one of the best young strikers on the planet while Isak is having a great season at La Real in La Liga. At the moment, they Catalans do have Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite but neither is the perfect option to suit their current needs.
The former enjoys a free role in the deeper areas, not unlike Lionel Messi, while the latter seems to mostly fit the bill but probably lacks the elite quality a club like Barcelona needs. This means transfers might be necessary.
Getting either of the aforementioned players, however, could still prove difficult for the Azulgranas. After all, their financial situation is not exactly ideal so getting the money to fund such big acquisitions could indeed be tricky.
Still, even if they are to move in for the transfers, the Catalans first have to wait for the new president to be elected. Once that is done and a new board is also in place, only then will Barcelona start doing business once more.