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Barcelona - transfer activity

Posted: Jul 13, 2022

There is a sense of history that one can smell when in the city of Barcelona. As one moves towards the city's iconic stadium, the sense of big-time dances in the air. It is as though the footballing gods are coming to visit. To watch and witness romance between a football and its greatest artists. This is, after all, the land where football becomes the beautiful game. Camp Nou, with its neck spraining, tall stands draped in Blaugrana colours, is a sight to behold on match days. As though a shrine of fleeting foot, deftness, subtlety and elusiveness. At its best, no footballing institution comes close to the magic of Barcelona. And even when not at its best, this still is a place to be.

Current times have been the latter. Things have not quite gone according to plan. Lionel Messi, for example, is no more a Barcelona player. Nearly a year hence, it still seems strange. Perhaps it will forever be a sight one will squint their eyebrows at. This truly feels like a new era at Camp Nou. New players, new management, new staff, younger blood and a new coach. That new coach is not very new to the locales though. Multiple time La Liga winner, four-time Champions League winner, Euros winner and World Cup winner. Xavi Hernandez Creus no less. Midfield maestro then. Coach for the revamp now.

And for said revamp to take place, Joan Laporta has been active in the transfer market. In fact, Barcelona have quietly acquired some decent players. A few of them have come for the lure of the name on a free. While some else, despite the dream club tag, were not free agents or mutually terminated contracts. Here is a summary of Barcelona's transfer activity.

Barcelona incoming transfers

Barcelona KessieBarcelona signed Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in the winter transfer window. The former Arsenal man made a fast start to life in Spain as he found the back of the net consistently. However, the striker's form waned slightly towards the end of the season. Xavi will hope that the attacker can rediscover his finest touch. Certainly so if they cannot land primary summer target, Robert Lewandowski.

Franck Kessie was one of Barcelona's first transfers in the summer window. The midfield player made his way from AC Milan to add some steel to a light Barcelona midfield. The current crop of players at Camp Nou are all similar stylistically. Technically gifted and fleet of foot. That is not indicating Kessie is not subtle. On the contrary, Kessie is very good on the ball and as an added advantage, has great strength. He will add a different dimension to that midfield. Kessie also brings energy to complement the likes of Gavi and Pedri. He is also more experienced than the young Spanish duo, which will add balance to Xavi's side.

Barcelona are also strengthening their defence. Andreas Christensen has arrived from Chelsea on a free to shore up the backline. Barcelona have an ageing and injury-prone defence. Christensen, thus, is a very welcome addition. The Danish centre back will enjoy Barcelona's style of play. With the English game sometimes too reliant on physicality, Christensen's Pique-like style will aid him in Spain.

Barcelona transfers - uncertainties and almosts

Robert LewandowskiA third signing, of Raphinha, although not complete at the time of writing, is inevitable. The former Leeds player has long been pushing for a switch as Barcelona is his dream club. News broke recently that he will be flying to Spain today to undergo his medicals after the two clubs have agreed a fee. Barcelona were locked in a race with Chelsea and Arsenal for the Brazilian's signature. However, his personal desire to represent the Blaugrana, eventually made the difference as Barcelona got as close to Leeds United's demand as possible.

The left footed player is a bag full of tricks and usually prefers playing on the right winger. He is deceptively quick and can move both ways. Raphinha is a fine dribbler with an eye for goal. Xavi will enjoy working with someone who can dribble past defenders and make a difference. In fact, the possibility of Raphinha and Ansu Fati on either wing with Lewandowski up front is salivating.

Talking about Lewandowski, the Polish forward is pushing for a move to Barcelona. And there is no doubt that he will immediately upgrade Barcelona's frontline. There is, of course, a catch here in that Bayern Munich hardly ever let their best players go. While Lewandowski is not past his prime, he is definitely on the wrong side of 30. Hence, the unwillingness to furbish a large contract has resulted in Lewandowski's wish to move to Spain.

Frenkie De Jong is another player whose future is uncertain. It seemed a done deal at one point that he was leaving. However, his unpaid previous wages has caused an impasse. At this moment, the Dutch midfielder supposedly does not want to leave and neither does he want to take a pay cut. Barcelona, for the sake of their financial situation, cannot afford to keep him at his current wage. Hence, the Spanish club need a swift resolution to this situation.

Barcelona outgoing transfers

Samuel Umtiti BarcelonaPhilippe Coutinho has finally left Barcelona on a permanent move. His was an expensive transfer that never really worked out. Coutinho will now play for Aston Villa after a loan spell away at Bayern Munich which saw him score against Barcelona. The Brazilian was bought with great expectations at a time Barcelona were making mistakes in the market. However, one would not have foreseen how the former Liverpool player's time at Barcelona transpired. He never really kicked on and achieve his Liverpool heights.

Centre back Clement Lenglet has also left the club and he will join Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur. Francisco Trincao will also not play at Camp Nou this season. The Portuguese will return to his native land and ply his trade for Sporting Lisbon. Following this season, where he is on loan, the attacker is obliged to be purchased on loan.

Barcelona have also let experienced right back Dani Alvez leave the club. Another player who is returning following a loan spell is former teammate of Trincao at Wolves, Adama Traore. The strong, pacy attacker has returned to the English club.

Samuel Umtiti, it is believed, is also on his way out. The former World Cup winner had a roller coaster time at Barcelona. He achieved some really highs winning the La Liga and the World Cup as a Barcelona player. However, persistent injuries have resulted in his time coming to a pale end at Barcelona.