How Barça’s search for a Top Class striker for next season has turned into a disappointment

 

FC Barcelona are working on signing a ‘9’ for next season. When it seemed that the club would finalise the arrival of a world ‘star’ like Haaland, Salah or Lewandowski, the situation would have taken a turn and Morata would be the chosen one.

FC Barcelona are aiming for a very ‘hectic’ transfer market in order to strengthen their squad and ensure that Xavi Hernandez’s project takes the final ‘step’. One of the main objectives of the Catalan club was to sign a top class number ‘9’ to serve as the main reference in attack and carry the major responsibilities of Xavi’s team. However, the difficult financial situation of the club was a big ‘obstacle’ for the intentions of the Culés, who, as it seems, will have to settle for a striker of lesser renown.

The big favourite of the board and the Barcelona fans was Erling Haaland. The Borussia Dortmund striker will leave Signal Iduna Park this summer, and Barça tried until the last minute to persuade him to join. Despite this, the high financial demands of the player and his entourage prevented the Catalans from being able to compete with their ‘rivals’ in the ‘race’ for the player, which is now led by Manchester City.

In the same way, the Blaugrana were interested in the situation of Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian’s contract with Liverpool expires in 2023, and negotiations for the extension of his contract are ‘stagnant’, so from the Camp Nou they saw this situation as an opportunity to take advantage of. However, ‘Mo’ wants to continue playing at Anfield Road and did not even consider Barcelona as an alternative, ‘discarding’ himself from Barça’s ‘portfolio’ of possible signings.

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After the ‘failed’ attempts by the ‘stars’ of Dortmund and Liverpool, Barça set their sights on Robert Lewandowski. The Pole’s situation with Bayern is similar to Salah’s, with the difference being that the Bayern ‘9’ would like to leave his club. Despite this, the Bavarians are not in favour of losing their top player and, for now, they are not willing to negotiate with any team.

Also, the Bundesliga striker’s wages are too high for Barça’s current monetary situation, adding another setback to the operation. Moreover, even if his renewal seems ‘impossible’ at the moment, Munich are hoping to persuade him during this season and manage to keep him for a few more years, although no option is out of the question.

Morata, the new ‘chosen one

In the event of not being able to sign the Poland captain, Barça have ‘pointed to’ Álvaro Morata as the new candidate for the Barça forward line. The player, who is on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid, will return to the Wanda Metropolitano in the summer, and as he is not in the plans of ‘Cholo’ Simeone, the Colchoneros will look for a way out. In this scenario, Juventus is very interested in continuing to count on his services.

However, in Barcelona where they already tried to sign him in the last winter window, they would like to ‘jump’ for him again. The player has had an acceptable performance this season with the ‘bianconeri’, with whom he has scored 11 goals and provided 7 assists.

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Despite this, his signing does not generate the same ‘illusion’ in the Barça world as that of Haaland or Lewandowski, as the striker is two or three ‘steps’ below both strikers. What is clear is that the finances of the Catalan club have forced the club to lower their expectations, and although time will tell, what looked set to be a ‘promising’ transfer window could end in disappointment.

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