Regardless of whether Barcelona end the season with silverware or not, it’s clear to everyone that they need an injection of new blood into the first team.
For the most part of 2019/20, the Blaugrana have looked laboured and off of the pace, and have relied on their showings at Camp Nou to gloss over their evident shortcomings.
Shortcomings that have been brutally exposed away from home.Though they certainly can’t be said to be cash rich at the moment, sales of players will hopefully help to generate enough cash to bring in some new faces.
If the Catalans want to be in the mix at the end of 2020/21 for trophies and titles, then some high profile additions are something of a necessity. But who could they be…
The highly-rated Inter Milan striker could be acquired to play alongside countryman, Lionel Messi.
The two have built up a rapport at international level, and with Luis Suarez not at the level he once was, a quality centre-forward is needed.
Although he will cost north of €100m, some of the money could be recouped with the sales of Ivan Rakitic and/or Arturo Vidal going in the opposite direction.
Martinez offers goals, intelligent forward play, pace and power. All facets that the Catalans are desperate for at this point.
Matthijs De Ligt
The Dutch centre-back was heavily tipped to join Barcelona last summer, and club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, after having captured De Ligt’s former Ajax team-mate, Frenkie De Jong, famously announced that he knew where ‘De Ligt will be playing next season.’
The inference, of course, was that it would be at Barcelona, which, as it turned out, was wrong, the Dutchman signing for Juventus.
Unfortunately for him, things haven’t worked out anything like he expected in Serie A, and it’s not too far from the truth to say his first campaign in Italy has been a disaster.
Barca are desperate for quality centre-backs, and with Schalke likely to keep hold of Jean-Clair Todibo at the end of his loan spell, the Catalans could put all their eggs in De Ligt’s basket.
Available at roughly half the price of Martinez, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is a more cost-effective attacking option.
With almost 30 goals to his name this season, he’s certainly a player that doesn’t need asking twice to find the net.
Though he’s known to be flirting with Liverpool, he is aware of Barcelona’s interest and has said it would be ‘fun’ to play in Spain.
Watch this space.