TO Joan Laporta He was so upset with what happened in the final stretch of the season, that no one doubts it: there will be a good clean in the locker room of FC Barcelona.
“A cycle has ended and we are entering a process of renewal”said the Barça president this Monday night at the Catalan sports gala. And the changes are going to be important, very important. While waiting to see what Leo Messi decides about his renewal, a matter that greatly affects planning, there are few players who will follow 100% of the Blaugranas next season. Only Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Ilaix Moriba, Ronald Araujo and Óscar Mingueza are non-transferable. The continuity of the rest of Barça footballers will depend on what offers there are for them and the predisposition they have to lower some emoluments that Laporta considers out of the market.
His departure It depends on what happens with Messi. If the Argentine leaves, the Frenchman will stay and do it with stripes, because his season has not been bad, he has gone from less to more and without Leo next to him he will win in the hierarchy. If he stays, the club is willing to negotiate if a high offer comes in. He is probably the player with the highest market value among those considered not essential.
This season has seen the best version of the French winger. More focused, his incisive and vertical football has finally appeared, although with too much irregularity. Finish contract in one year, so if you do not renew, your exit is more than likely. His youth (he turned 24 last Saturday), his call-up with the French team and having spent a season with hardly any injuries make him have a very interesting market.
The most expensive signing in the history of Barça and one of the most ruinous businesses of the entity. He began having prominence with Koeman, this campaign, showing some flashes of his great quality but far from the decisive player that was seen in Liverpool. However, an injury in late 2020 slowed his progression and he has not played since. Laporta is very clear that starting it is a priority to get rid of his very high record, but it will not be easy to sell him. Not at least getting an interesting amount, something very necessary for the entity culé.
It is clear that the Pjanic-Arthur barter was more for financial engineering than for sporting reasons. The Bosnian does not want to continue – he has barely had minutes – and his high record is a problem for Barça. Of course, he is not such a veteran player (he is 31 years old) and his poster in Europe is good.
Of the center-back who triumphed in his first two years there is no trace left: injuries have devastated him. Another complex case, because despite the fact that he is still young (27 years old) and was the starter of a world champion like France in 2018, everyone knows his history of injuries and his record (he charges 12 million euros) is also very elevated. Be that as it may, the intention is that it comes out in the summer, yes or yes.
Nobody disputes his delivery, but everyone is clear that nor is it a nine of the level of a club like Barça. Any offer for the Danish will be welcomed.
He was about to leave last season. Another signing that went wrong and that he has not justified what was paid for him (18 million euros plus 12 in variables to Betis). Of course, his youth (24 years) makes getting a good amount for him feasible … as long as Jordi Alba continues.
His great performance and his connection with Messi they play in their favor. But his file (12 million annually) is a problem. Laporta will try to renegotiate it with that of L’Hospitalet.