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The potential 3-4-3 lineup at the Camp Nou next season; featuring Haaland and Alaba

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The return of Joan Laporta to the mantle for his second stint as president means that potential transfer rumors are stronger than ever. Having made some big-name signings like Ronaldinho and Eto’o during his first spell at the club, fans expect to see a new-look Barcelona under him, yet again.

The difference this time around is that he inherits a financial condition even worse than it was in 2003. When an organization is under crippling debts, having possibly the worst wage structure among its competitors does not help.

Laporta’s first daunting task is to fix the financial dynamic at Barcelona and improve the cash flow within the club before he can think about targetting the biggest talents around the world. Assuming that he manages to achieve that largely through sales and loans, any possible transfers will have to be done within the economic bounds of the club.

Regardless, this won’t stop the footballing world from speculating about the future of the Barcelona squad and two players that have been heavily linked with the Catalans are Erling Haaland at Borussia Dortmund and David Alaba at Bayern Munich. Here at Barca Universal, we take a look at what the team may look like if their transfers were made into a reality.

If Ronald Koeman were to deploy a system similar to the one he is using now and had all players back from injury, Fati and Haaland would lead the line with Messi just behind them. Pedri and De Jong would occupy the middle of the park with Dest and Alba providing the width. In a 3 at the back formation, Alaba would slot into his favored role at the left, with Araujo and Mingueza completing the outfield.

This of course is an ideal scenario and there should be plenty of competition for places in the first XI. Many youngsters have already flourished under Koeman this season and with Laporta’s history with the academy, La Masia should also play a crucial role in shaping the future of the team. Nevertheless, if the transfer rumors were to be believed, this potential lineup for the next season will excite fans around the world.

Article by Yugam Sahni

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