Barcelona has started preparing for life after their La Masia Golden Era. Messi, Busquets and Pique are the only pieces left in the magical puzzle. All of them have passed the 30 age mark and must be replaced sooner or later.
We all saw how much the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo affected Real Madrid. The Spanish club was left out from all three competitions in a single week. Bartomeu doesn’t want the same fate to happen on his beloved club.
◘ Alaba and Umtiti Arsenal's main transfer targets
◘ Feeling within the club is deals can be done for both
◘ Emery sees centre half as a key area to improve
◘ Club wants to give Emery up to 5 summer signings to help Arsenal mount a title challenge next season[Independent]
— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) March 28, 2019
According to the report from Mirror, Barcelona are ready to offload 11 players to raise fund for new transfers in summer. Arsenal are closely observing the situation and might end up in hijacking 3 players from Barcelona
Arsenal had a disappointing January transfer window as the only arrival was Denis Suarez from Barcelona on a loan move. Despite having major concerns over the defence and lack of squad depth, the management blocked Emery from signing any players on a permanent basis due to a limited wage budget.
The fans are furious and are hoping for a fruitful summer transfer window up ahead.
Let us look at three players of Barcelona which Arsenal are interested in signing in this summer:
The 26-year-old Brazilian might leave Camp Nou in summer and Emirates could be his possible destination. Rafinha is capable of playing as a centre midfielder or as a winger. He went to Inter on a loan move last year and played an instrumental role for the Italian side.
Sport | Arsenal have made an offer for Barcelona's Rafinha Alcantara.
— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) June 10, 2018
The Brazilian scored against Inter on UCL group stage on his return to Barcelona. Injuries had a huge impact on his career. Rafinha could have been one of the big stars in world football without random injuries. He suffered a Cruciate Ligament Rupture on last November and has been sidelined till the month of May.
He made his debut for Barcelona way back in 2011 but made only 86 appearances since then. His contract with Barcelona will expire in the summer of 2020. The Brazilian has a decent left leg with accurate passing and dribbling.
Last year, Arsenal were linked with a move for Rafinha. The Brazilian can be the replacement for departing Aaron Ramsey. Just like Ramsey, Rafinha is able to push forward and score crucial goals for the team. He is only 26 and has years to play in his prime. Interestingly, there is one thing that has a connection between Ramsey and Rafinha, i.e., Injuries!
Umtiti was rock solid for Barcelona in defence ever since his arrival from Olympique Lyon. His partnership with Pique helped the Spanish side to win the domestic double last season.
His Barcelona life was very smooth till the last November. The French man suffered a knee injury which caused him 83 days out of the pitch. He joined the team recently and had never been the same which he used to be.
TuttoMercatoWeb claim #Arsenal are in pole position to sign Umtiti & have offered €5m to loan him & want an option to buy for €40m. Barcelona want a compulsory option to buy included. pic.twitter.com/yuyvhQ0Xgj
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) April 1, 2019
Umtiti struggled against Villarreal where Barcelona conceded 4 goals. Last minute heroics from Messi and Suarez helped them secure a point. Fans started pointing fingers on the French man and his future at Barcelona is uncertain while rumours linking De Ligt to Spain is also on the air.
Meanwhile, his fellow French International Clement Lenglet became a regular starter for Barcelona. It looks like Valverde is more impressed at the former Sevilla man.
Umtiti will not be happy to become a backup option for Lenglet at Barcelona and it is the best time for Emery to make a move in summer away from Barcelona.
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Arsenal’s open-book defence seriously needs some fine addition. Depending upon the Veteran Koscielny and error-prone Mustafi is nearly suicidal. The 25-year-old World Cup Winner can be the solution for Emery if they could grab his signature before it’s too late. Umtiti could also potentially reunite with his former teammate Lacazette.
Ivan Rakitic, one of the most underrated complete midfielder in the modern football, is third in our list. There are rumours suggesting that this is the final season for the Croatian at Camp Nou. Barcelona already sealed the deal of De Jong from Ajax who plays in a similar position as of Rakitic.
The criticism faced by 31-year-old through social media is too much. His defensive style of play earned him “The Backpass Merchant” title. True football fans know how much his presence makes the difference for the team.
The same thing happened in the World Cup too.
As well as Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal also have Rakitic on the table for June. They want to know the availability of both Barça and the player to talk about a deal. [sport]
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) January 29, 2019
Everyone praised the heroics of Luka Modric for Croatia. But the lubricant which unleashed Modric was Rakitic. The presence of Rakitic at the back helped Modric to go forward and attack.
Rakitic is an asset for any team. He is capable of adjusting his style of play according to the need of the team. If the coach wants him to defend, he can defend. If the coach wants him to attack, he can attack. His work rate and commitment cannot be matched. He could be the man to fill the void left out by Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates. He is a big game player and has scored some crucial goals including one in UCL final against Juventus.
Recently, Rakitic himself claimed he has no intentions to leave the club until they ask him to do so. But according to reports from Spain, as part of the future project, Barcelona are willing to hear offers for the Croatian.
David Ornstein on Premier League Today:
– Arsenal are set for a “heavy period of recruitment”.
– Arsenal are said to be keen on replacing Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey with a similar type of midfielder. [box-to-box]– A new winger remains on the agenda for Unai Emery.#AFC pic.twitter.com/Ntw6jvsLb9
— UberGunners (@UberGunners) March 27, 2019
Emery will have enough money to spend on transfers in summer, unlike the January transfer window. They need more squad strength to match for the Premier League Title. All three players in the list can be the ideal options for the Gunners. After all, it is Barca’s quality!