Barça are suffering from 'overbooking' in attack: Who needs to go?

With Antoine Griezmann set to join the club, it means there are far too many forwards in the first team squad

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FC Barcelona are preparing their squad for the 2019/20 season by looking at potential new additions as well as moving on those not in Ernesto Valverde's plans.

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We know Frenkie de Jong is joining and, according to Atletico Madrid's CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Antoine Griezmann will also be a new addition.

If Griezmann comes in on the 1st July, when his buyout clause drops to €120m, it will leave Valverde with far too many forwards. Who needs to go?

LEO and five more

With Griezmann, Barça would have Leo Messi and five other forwards. Despite being about to turn 32, Messi is the best player in the world and any project needs to be built around him.

Luis Suárez (32) finished second in LaLiga's scoring charts last season and has worked perfectly alongside Messi since he joined the club. But an alternative to the overworked Uruguayan is crucial.

COUTINHO and DEMBÉLÉ have both struggled

Next on the scale are the two most expensive signings in the club's history: Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.

Dembélé (22): Injuries and immaturity have stalled his progress at the club and frustrated his teammates. Yet when he's fit and on form, he offers things no one else in the squad can. There's hope that with time Dembele will mature and focus on developing his undeniable talent.

Coutinho (27): After initially doing well at the Camp Nou he's struggled for form and doesn't appear capable of turning the situation around. He's lost that drive and confidence which made him unstoppable at Liverpool. His gestures towards the fans haven't helped matters either.

And then there's MALCOM...

Coutinho has also told his representatives to find him a new club which isn't a problem for Barça. They don't think it would be easy to get a good return on Dembele right now and are instead hoping Coutinho has a great Copa America to increase interest in him.

Lastly, there's Malcom (22) who, despite always performing when given the chance, finds himself on the 'transferable' list. Maybe it's his own desire to play which is forcing the club's hands but Malcom's brief stay at Barça has been frustrating to watch for the supporters.

Barça recognise his talent but also feel he isn't ready to start for the first team and would be happy to accept a transfer if it presented them with a chance to make a profit on what they paid for him. €40m seems a very affordable price in today's market.


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