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Barcelona transfer window priorities: All eyes on Robert Lewandowski as Barça look to return as contenders

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The 2022-2023 season is a significant one for Barcelona as they seek a return to fame. The post-Lionel Messi era has been a tough one, with the club failing to win a trophy last season, spiced with inconsistent under-par performance. There were more bad moments than good ones, losing two out of three meetings with RealMadridcrashed out of the Champions League group stage before losing to the eventual Europa League champions. Eintracht Frankfurt.

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There have been flashes of greatness that give a glimmer of hope. A 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico showed what the team is capable of, but claims of a return to prominence after this match… I’m looking at you Gerard Piqué turned out to be premature.

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There are fantastic young figures to build around and if Barça can find the players they crave this summer while balancing their finances, which is critical for Joan Laporta, then there is no reason they can’t fight in La Laporte. league next season.

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Here’s a look at how things are going with the Barça team, who they can and should pursue and much more:

Prospects for the Barcelona goalkeeper

  • Residence: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Arnau Tenas
  • Potentially leaving: Not that

They have a goal with ter Stegen and now it’s about adding depth if Neto leaves. Tenas may just be a future goal at the club, but having a proven backing for ter Stegen would be very logical. They are satisfied with the way things are.

Ideal moves: Capturing someone whose contract has ended, e.g. Naples David Ospina or Villarreal Sergio Asenjo – makes sense as a backup.

Barcelona Defense Prospects

  • Residence: Ronald AraujoEric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Oscar MingezaGerard Piqué
  • Care: Dani Alves
  • Uncertain future: Sergino DestClement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti
  • Loan option: Alex Bucket

The defense needs to work hard, and it will Xavi to determine if he wants to go with Piqué and a young centre-back or look to the future with Garcia and Araujo. They need some depth, although Lenglet may be leaving and that depth seems to be coming. Waiting for Andreas Christensen join the free transfer from Chelsea. American Sergino Dest looks destined to be a bench player, but he will have time to impress…or perhaps quite the opposite.

Ideal moves: Signing Christensen would be a big boost to an inconsistent defense that also relies so heavily on defenders pushing forward so much. Javi doesn’t seem to have confidence in Desta, so doing something there makes a lot of sense, whether it’s moving him or even giving him more time in an advanced position where he’s better. There are not many players whose contracts are expiring, but perhaps Atletico Madrid Sime Vrsalko? There were connections with the Chelsea left-back. Mark Alonso also, while someone like Seville Gonzalo Montiel might make sense too. Getting Christensen and Alonso would be a great start.

Barcelona midfield outlook

  • Residence: Sergio Busquets, gaviPedri, Nico, Sergio Robert
  • Arrival: TBD
  • Uncertain future: Frankie de Jong, Ricky PuigMiralem Pyanich

With Frenkie de Jong associated with Manchester United, Miralem Pjanic is likely to leave, and Ricky Puig is far from the first choice, the midfield needs serious strength. Barça are expected to sign the Ivorian midfielder again on the free agent train. Frank Kessy. They certainly would like to get someone like Valencia. Carlos Soler, Wolverhampton Ruben Neves or Manchester city Bernard Silvabut they are not expected to have the resources to do so unless they make serious sales.

Ideal moves: Creativity in midfield comes from Pedri, so pairing him with Busquets and Kessy would be nice. From there, they will certainly want to add another creative element to help launch the attack. Most likely, they will not touch the former Real Madrid player. Iscowho is a free agent but plays for another free agent Christian Eriksen would make a lot of sense and be a pretty low risk.

Barcelona Attack Prospects

  • Residence: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres
  • Credit return: Antoine Griezmann, Trincao
  • Departure expected: Luc de Jong, Adam Traore
  • Uncertain future: Martin Braithwaite, Memphis DepayOusmane Dembele
  • Loan option: Abde Ezzalzouli, Islias Ahomah, King Manage

So many question marks are here for this multi-player castle-like attack to be part of the team’s plans. Aubameyang is the starting striker unless some Polish star joins them and they seem set to wing, especially if Dembele stays put and re-signs. He has shown improvement and flare while remaining fairly healthy, averaging 38 appearances over the last two seasons. If they can hold him, they’ll need striker depth and flank depth. Striker depth can only be in Aubameyang.

Ideal moves: Summer history here was their haunt Robert Lewandowski. One of the world’s greatest players and a completely clean striker, he would give Barca a legal attack to compete in at least two of their domestic competitions. Will it come at a discount so Laporta can’t properly balance the ledgers? It will probably not be easy without selling some key elements. If they can take him on board, it will allow Aubameyang to be used flexibly on the flank as well. Griezmann is likely out, but they would be thrilled if they just caught their biggest fish. Maybe that’s when Piqué will be right to say that Barça are back.


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