There is a week left for the winter market to end and Barça still have work to do. a lot of work because Xavi calls for the arrival of a striker (Moratathe Juventus player, would be the ideal solution) to the serious problems he encountered in the attack after the serious injury of Ansu Fati and the political sport of throwing away Dembele.
The coach also asks for a left back to give him rest and at the same time competition for Jordi Alba. But the club must first find the salary margin needed to match those pieces that the coach demands, confident as he is in the negotiating capacity of Matthew Duits.
On the same day, Xavi was left without Dembélé, confronted with the club, and without Ansu, the victim of another serious muscle injury.
The team lives in such an uncertain situation that it requires, as Xavi has repeatedly told Laporta Y Germanemergency solutions to have options to compete and reach the Champions zone, now located just one point behind Atlético after the painful victory in Mendizorroza.
With the arrival of Ferran Torres, converting, for the moment, into the most expensive signing of the winter market in Spain (55 million euros to Manchester City plus 11 in variables) is not enough to please Xavi.
With Ferran Torres is not enough
In one week, the coach lost two attackers who had undisputed status to complete his preferred attack: Dembélé-Ferran Torres-Ansu Fati. Only the former City player remains, who has started chaining three in a row after being out since last October, revealing the coach’s need for him.
It was not left Xavi no choice but to go to Ferran because he lost the threat and intimidation he offered Ansu (he barely enjoyed it for two games) and the unbalanced dribble, but without the efficiency he offered earlier Dembele.
The scenario is so changeable at Barça that Luuk de Jong, who was at the transfer poster this winter, now stays because Xavi has seen his list of strikers decline worryingly. Therefore, he insists that the club take measures to resolve it. He does it privately. And also in public.
The Tagliafico option
“I’ve already talked to the president, to Mateu, to Jordi. But from what we want to what we can, there is a little bit,” the coach said before traveling to Vitoria, confirming that the club is busy is to strengthen Barça in “several areas”, although he refused to specify them in detail.
Barça need to find a salary margin to match the reinforcements the coach needs
But Laporta, German Y Jordi Cruyff They were more than informed for days about the urgent needs of Xavi, who arrived at Bilbao’s decisive cup night with two forwards signed for the subsidiary (Jutglà comes from Barça B and Abde from Hércules) accompanying Ferran the same day that the club he became serious with Dembélé, and announced that he was either renewed or he was encouraged to look for an exit from the Camp Nou before 31 January.
“I’ve already talked to the president, to Mateu, to Jordi. But from what we want to what we can, there is a little bit.”
Xavi, Barça coach
The same deadline thrown at Alemany forced them to find effective solutions to rebuild an increasingly weakened team, both in attack and defense, where they had to turn to Dani Alves (38 years old and unemployed) to strengthen the right flank and now an alternative is being sought for the left.
He is 29 years old and has become a regular replacement at Ajax Amsterdam. But Barça, in need, because it is a substitute for Jordi Albawho plays it all and without any rest, remarked Nicolás Tagliaficoa specialist on the left wing, who is eager to take advantage of the opportunity the winter market offers to be loaned to Barça.
At Ajax, the Argentine defender has lost the status of beginner in defense, a role he now holds Daley Blind on the left. At Barça, with Alba in the middle of criticism (“I feel isolated and not just now, but for years,” the azulgrana in Mendizorroza said), the door is opened for Tagliafico, who wants to leave the Netherlands after five years now.