According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, the only name explicitly mentioned at the meeting held by Ronald Koeman and the presidential candidates was of Eric Garcia.
The injuries to the backline, primarily that to Gerard Pique, has left the club hapless in the heart of the defence. Clement Lenglet has been surprisingly underwhelming, while Samuel Umtiti’s fitness makes him a far from reliable option. Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza have been great finds, but the former has faced two injuries, too, this term, while the latter seems inexperienced.
One name that was not mentioned, after all the drama has been Memphis Depay.
Memphis Depay has been linked to Barça for nearly a year now, with the Dutchman refusing to extend his contract with Olympique Lyonnais, which is set to expire in June. Lyon reportedly slapped a transfer fee of €5 million on him for the winter, but his positional clash with Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, and most importantly Lionel Messi has pushed him to become a shadowed choice.
Consequentially, in an interesting turn of events, Depay has been, reportedly, been left out of Koeman’s transfer list.
There is little doubt that Barcelona have faced multiple knocks in the offensive line as well, with Ansu Fati, who was set on conquering the league this term, suffering a long-term knee injury. Elsewhere, Griezmann has faced wavering form, while it is difficult to trust Martin Braithwaite and Dembele for separate reasons.
With Depay off the table, it leaves Barcelona’s striker spot still open in the summer. One name that has been popping up as of late, for several clubs no less, is Erling Haaland. It has been reported in the past that Barcelona are the frontrunners for the wonderkid’s services, with his agent Mino Raiola on excellent terms with candidate Joan Laporta.
That said, Barcelona are dealing with several storylines at once in the transfer market, with the departure of Lionel Messi looming large, too. It will be fascinating, and maybe heart-wrenching to see the season, the elections, and therefore the transfer market unfold in front of us.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.