Barcelona's big decision in the transfer market

The Catalan club must pick either a striker or a centre-back to reinforce the squad

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Barcelona are under reconstruction. The Blaugrana are calm after Ferran Torres’s signing, just needing to lower their salary base for him to be registered, which should be taken care of by Ousmane Dembele’s new deal and Luuk de Jong and Yusuf Demir departing. From there, they will be looking at either a top centre back or a killer striker. That dilemma will be solved in January.

Director of football Mateu Alemany said that Barcelona know the names they are after, but it depends on if they can afford them. Ansu Fati and Braithwaite are returning so they might prefer to search for a centre-back.

Matthijs de Ligt is an option because of Juventus’s economic problems but his wages may be too high for Barcelona too. Only if Coutinho and Umtiti go can they get close. There is time ahead to attempt the miracle.

If they can’t and decide to bring in a striker then Edinson Cavani is still on their radar. The handicap would be needing to sign him on a year and a half deal which might cause them problems in the summer if they want to sign a top striker (Haaland). A game of chess.



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