Now that the domestic season has concluded for FC Barcelona, everyone can start to gather around the table in the boardroom and thrash out plans to become the best side in Spain (and Europe) next season in regards to the business they need to conduct on the recruitment side of things.
In what can be described as a widely-held opinion, the Blaugrana had a rather poor 2019/20 campaign. Quique Setien’s side failed to win the La Liga title – having been pipped to the silverware by fierce rivals Real Madrid by five points – whilst they had also failed to lift the Copa del Rey as they were unceremoniously dumped out of the tournament in the quarter-finals when Athletic Club Bilbao recorded a 1-0 victory.
Although the Champions League is still a possibility, changes will likely need to be made at the Camp Nou in regards to recruitment and the summer represents a fresh start for everyone involved.
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So, who can FC Barcelona expect to leave the Camp Nou this summer and who can they expect to see walk through the doors with the promise of them returning to the top of the game with new silverware being added to the trophy cabinet?
Looking at who could be on their way out is perhaps the easiest way of looking at the transfer activity that FC Barcelona could be about to undertake prior to the start of the 2020/21 La Liga campaign.
Reports have already suggested that around 12 men could be set to leave the club as they have been deemed surplus to requirements. Players said to be involved in this process include: Neto, Nelson Semedo, Junior Firpo, Samuel Umtiti, Jean-Clair Todibo, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Rafinha and Ivan Rakitic while attackers Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Philippe Coutinho are also considered deadwood.
In truth, it is not a surprise to see a number of these names all appear, as many do not appear to have a future at the club and perhaps lack the ability to take the Blaugrana back to where they should be.
Setien is a man whose future can not be guaranteed, either, as his job is certainly up for debate after failing to lift the La Liga title. Although his place at the Camp Nou could be saved if the club do go on to win the 2019/20 edition of the Champions League, there is not much else that will save him from having to take the exit door.
Now, who could FC Barcelona look to turn to in order to return them to their heydays and get them back on winning terms? This is perhaps the most interesting aspect for those who like to wager on movements as it can bring some excitement to the experience.
As mentioned, Setien’s job is far from safe so a new manager could certainly be coming into the Catalonian giant’s set-up. Men such as Laurent Blanc, Marcelo Bielsa, Patrick Kluivert and Xavi have all been linked in recent weeks.
Arthur has already been involved in a swap deal that will see him change places with Miralem Pjanic at Juventus FC, however it would not be a surprise if the La Liga outfit looked to conclude more business in the Serie A.
Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez has long been considered a primary target for FC Barcelona and it would appear the Spaniards are keen to push along with their interest in the Argentina striker. It is not hard to understand why, though, when he has figures of 18 goals in 43 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign.
Neymar Jr is another name that will not stop being churned in the rumour mill, although Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has admitted it seems unlikely as they are not in a position to splash out millions on players because of the global pandemic.