Adama and Xavi’s ‘sudoku’ for Europa League

  • Only three new continental entries can be made. The wing, Alves and Ferran Torres close the door for Abde and if there are still signings to come, the coach will have to omit some reinforcements. Aubameyang, divorced at Arsenal, alternative to Morata for the ‘nine’

Xavi will have to celebrate a ‘sudoku’ against the Europa League. You can only register three new players for the continental competition, the only one that Barça does not have in his record (UEFA does not recognize the Fairs Cup, its embryo). Abd y Jutglà, two of the reserve team forwards who have strengthened the first team since the arrival of the new coach, were not on the UEFA B list and were aiming for one of the three new European tickets. But the signatures of Dani Alves, Ferran Torres Y Adama Traore (who passed a medical examination this Friday and will be offered Monday) they closed the door. In the event that more incorporations arrive before the end of the market, the Barcelona coach will have to rule out any of the winter reinforcements in Europe.

Xavi, aware of the limitations of the inherited team, is confident that the club will make an effort to strengthen the team until midnight on Monday. His priorities are still the advent of a ‘nine’ and a left-back. As Morata, the coach’s favorite, is still trapped by Atlético’s reluctance, the club is now exploring other options. Like the Aubameyang, an attacker with lights and shadows. a ‘killer’ with more goals than Morata but that he fell into disgrace at Arsenal, that his captaincy was withdrawn and he was set aside for his undiscipline. On top of that, he could not play the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon after heart problems were detected, although the player himself assured on his return to London that he was left scared and that his heart was “absolutely in order”. Something fundamental for any club that wants to sign him, especially for Barça, after what happened to Kun Agüero.

At 32 years old, the ‘top scorer’ of the Bundesliga in 2017 and the Premier in 2019 could be a luxury time before trying to land Erling Haaland in the summer.

Aubameyang’s name has been hovering over Camp Nou for some time. Arsenal were one of the teams interested in Coutinho and given the need to get rid of the African striker, exchange cards seemed like a good solution for both clubs. To the Brazilian midfielder on his way to the Premier League, but to reunite at Aston Villa with his former team-mate Steven Gerrard, Aubameyang returned to the scene. Before being separated by Mikel Arteta, He had 7 goals and two goals in 15 games.

Left Back Player Options

At the same time, Barça is seeking relief from guarantees for Alba. Tagliafico still on the table. Sources familiar with the operation reiterate that the Argentine team from Ajax is first considering leaving with the option to buy Barça at the age of 29, which excludes both a different destination and renewal. The name of the Albiceleste defender was joined by that of another youth team that, like Adama, had to pack his bags: Grimaldo. But according to Record Benfica, who have gone into the knockout stages of the Champions League, are not in the mood to let the former Barça player out now. According to the Portuguese newspaper, the Portuguese team will only listen to offers for the defender in the summer who, like Tagliafico and the Valencia player Gayà, contract expires in June 2023.

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