It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the next transfer window could be one of the most important in FC Barcelona’s history.
It may coincide with new presidential elections, which in itself could cause huge issues given that there may be a change of manager with the new incumbent given hardly any time to secure new faces.
That said, the Catalans may not have the money to bring in any new signings.
It would appear that Barcelona are keen to re-sign Eric Garcia from Manchester City if reports are accurate.
The youngster learned his craft at La Masia but was tempted by a move to Manchester because of the carrot of being able to get first-team minutes under his belt. Something that wasn’t available to him at Barca at the time.
With a year left on his contract, Garcia has some thinking to do.
Unless Barcelona suffer a spate of injuries in the centre of defence over the next couple of games, it’s hard to see where Samuel Umtiti gets a look in after his horrific performance against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
The Frenchman was once an undisputed starter for the Catalans but hasn’t been the same since sustaining a knee injury which he decided to treat holistically rather than allowing Barca’s club doctors to sort the problem out.
There was a time in the not too distant past that Samuel Umtiti could’ve legitimately been described as the best defender in La Liga.
The Frenchman was really at the peak of his defensive powers; the proverbial wall if you will.
And then it all seemed to go a little sour.
It wasn’t that long ago that Samuel Umtiti was a fixture in Barcelona’s back four. An untouchable player and one of the first on the team sheet.
He’d taken to La Liga effortlessly and, considering how prices for players have sky-rocketed, at just €25m, he looked like an absolute bargain.
His skillset also complemented that of Gerard Pique perfectly, and there were never any question marks over his starting spot in the team.
In the space of a year, all that has changed.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Samuel Umtiti was considered untouchable at Barcelona.
One of a select band of players that, come hell or high water, were not going anywhere.
Part of the furniture might be an apt description for the Frenchman at that point.
But how quickly things can change…
After capturing the mercurial talent of Frenkie De Jong, it appears that Barcelona are in pole position to sign his current Ajax team-mate, Matthijs De Ligt.
The 19-year-old centre-back is wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs but has allegedly told those close to him that he ‘only wants Barcelona.’
That’s a real coup for the Catalans, who see De Ligt as a future captain of the club and a player who’ll be a mainstay in their defence for the next decade.
Barcelona will look to have successfully retained their
La Liga title before the end of April, in time for a potential Champions League semi final.
As it stands, Ernesto Valverde’s side a huge favourites to win back to back domestic titles, with a ten point lead over second place Atletico Madrid, with nine games to go in the 2018-19 campaign.
If Barcelona win all of their forthcoming games, they will be Spanish champions again with three games to spare – winning the league at home to Levante at the Nou Camp on April 27th.
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Who’d have thought it?!
With a handful of games to go in the 2018/19 La Liga season, teams are already jostling for position in terms of transfer dealings and one of the most surprising rumours surrounds Samuel Umtiti.
The World Cup winner, arguably one of the best central defenders in the world, could be on his way out of Barcelona thanks to the form of Clement Lenglet.
There was no looking past the world’s best player on Saturday afternoon as
Lionel Messi put on another masterclass to help Barcelona win 4-2 at Sevilla.
The home side actually went ahead through a well-taken finish from
Jesus Navas but Messi equalised with a sublime left-footed volley just minutes later.
Sevilla were in the lead again at half-time, however, after Gabriel Mercado scored three minutes before the break. Pablo Machin’s side were good value for their 2-1 lead at that stage.
Machin’s half-time team-talk probably consisted of something like “keep Messi quiet and we can win this”.
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