With Ousmane Dembele hurt for the near future, Barcelona are pressing on with plans to signal Angel from Getafe as pay. Even though a 32-year-old journeyman forward is nobody’s notion of a blockbuster registering, the club will take what they can get at this stage of the season.
Even though Barca’s January transfer window might have been underwhelming, they’re planning to get a spectacular summer. Potentially too spectacular for the budget to take care of.
The search goes on for a successor to Luis Suarez. Lautaro Martinez, the Inter striker whose launch clause falls to $122m during the first fortnight of July, is the major target. Independently of the chase, the desire to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou remains unquenched.
Lionel Messi would like to be reunited with the Brazil winger and Barcelona’s need to maintain their Argentine talisman joyfully grows deeper. The No. 10 lashed out at sporting manager Eric Abidal on Tuesday, mad with the attribute for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking being shifted on to the players.
Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer can leave for free when he selects in the summer, as a result of a contract clause, so unlike last summer when they left a great deal of sound, Josep Maria Bartomeu and co. really must throw the kitchen sink at Paris Saint-Germain to bring Neymar back.
The forward would cost approximately $186m, meaning the Blaugrana require a total of $309m to employ the elite duo that would revitalise their strike-force. The football world is wildly inconsistent and Barcelona’s plans could yet change, but for now, those are the players they’re targeting – even though they just end up being able to afford one of these.
Raising that figure will require work. The transport budget for next season was put at around $66m, plus any cash raked in from player sales. Another $11m of this will visit Getafe for Angel.
That leaves approximately $13m accessible from next summer’s meagre transport funding.
There are two obvious names that Barcelona want to get off the books; the set on whom they spent their $244m windfall on when Neymar left for Paris.
Brazil playmaker Coutinho was $132m, while Dembele price $115m, both excluding add-ons and factors. Coutinho’s freefall in shape from his Liverpool heyday means Barcelona would be lucky to get half of what they paid for him while Dembele still has great potential but an unerring ability to find his way back into the treatment table.
Neymar would be an immediate replacement for Dembele, while Coutinho has no place in the present set-up.
Then there are the big-name players that Barcelona wish to ship out, one that could make yet another move before their careers begin to wind down. There is Ivan Rakitic, that has been linked with Inter and Atletico Madrid, and Arturo Vidal, who also has been connected to Inter. Barcelona may have the ability to rake in $22m apiece on the veteran midfield duo.
The one place in Barcelona’s squad that’s sufficiently powerful is the midfield, with Carles Alena and Riqui Puig prepared to shoot Rakitic and Vidal’s place. Abidal loaned several players out at the winter window using various’mandatory’ or non-obligatory options to get, which ought to raise more money for Barcelona’s summer programs.
Whichever of Samuel Umtiti or Clement Lenglet loses out in the struggle to become Gerard Pique’s spouse could also try to find the exit – that could increase the $60m outright. Ronald Araujo could move up to the first team for good, but if they sell a defender Barcelona will probably need to get one.
Otherwise, there’s the possibility Suarez could leave, rather than watching Lautaro take his place, which would provide a possible $33m. Reserve goalkeeper Neto may decide he needs to play more soccer and may go for $16m, with Inaki Pena encouraged to Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s understudy.
If nearly everything goes right, Barcelona will have enough to do the deals they need in the summertime. But given the way the club has been working over the last few years, the odds of that are slim indeed.