Barcelona are in dire need of selling players after Blaugrana ended last season in an overwhelming way as Blaugrana finished third in La Liga and were eliminated from Paris-Saint Germain without Neymar in the Champions League last 16.
The Catalans still managed to win the Copa del Rey, but their overall performance still has room for improvement. And the club’s financial hardships are of no help in this situation.
There are many players to be sacked before the start of next season in Spain and Ronald Koeman now has to make a decision about who will stay at Camp Nou and who will leave.
The Bosnian arrived at Camp Nou last summer when Arthur went to the Juventus Stadium in Turin. The former Lyon player signed a four-year deal with Blaugrana but was largely relegated to the bench in his La Liga debut season with the Catalans.
He made six La Liga starts and wasn’t involved in a single goal or assist for the Azulgrana when playing on the pitch. To top it off, he’s one of the bigger earners at Camp Nou and so Barcelona board will be considering firing him this summer to escape the heat of financial troubles.
The Bosnian also sees a move from Catalonia as beneficial for his football career and Inter Milan could be his next likely target next season. It is important to understand that Pjanic has a lot of Serie A experience. He played for AS Roma in the Italian capital for five years before moving north and joining Juventus for four years.
Ronald Koeman doesn’t see him as an integral part of his long-term plans for Barcelona and the player has obviously taken note of that. So moving for him would be the best alternative for everyone involved in this situation as both Barcelona and Pjanic would benefit if the Catalan club decided to sell him.
The Brazilian arrived in January 2018 with the obvious dream of winning the Champions League with Barcelona but has struggled with injuries since moving to Catalonia and was unable to secure a final place in the Barcelona starting XI. Ironically, his best contribution came against Barcelona in the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
The Catalans loaned him to Bayern for the 2019/20 season and the Brazilian won the Champions League. On the road to stardom, he humiliated Barcelona by setting up two goals and scoring one in the Lisbon quarter-finals last year.
His loan move raised hopes of a renaissance in Barcelona, but so far he’s struggled with injuries again and coped with it. Selling him must be a top priority in Catalonia as Blaugrana don’t want to pay Liverpool € 20m if he makes 100 games in a Barcelona shirt.
The former Liverpool player is still only 29 years old and can secure one last major move to an elite European club this summer. Furthermore, a Barcelona sale would place a huge burden on Barcelona as the Catalans continue to recover from the financial turmoil.
Coutinho, when he leaves this summer, will leave with a bittersweet taste in his mouth after being unable to achieve what he originally set out to do.
His stay in Barcelona is aptly reflected in the following lines by the American-born British modernist and literary critic TS Eliot – “This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper”.
CHANGE OF SCENES
The Frenchman has simply fought for the Catalans at the back during his tenure so far in Barcelona. He showed brilliance but was not able to perform consistently for Blaugrana.
– Clem ‘⚽⚽⚽ (@clement_lenglet) April 16, 2019
Last season the Catalans conceded 38 goals in 38 La Liga games – most of any team in the top 4 of the Spanish premier league. Even if the other Barcelona defenders showed a poor performance too, Lenglet is the one who needs a change of scenery at the earliest possible moment.
According to media reports Barcelona are looking to sell some defenders this summer and Lenglet was added to that list by the Azulgrana.
Lenglet only played one game for France at Euro 2020 – in the round of 16 against Switzerland – and was the key player in a three-man chain ahead of Hugo Lloris. He saw a terrible performance when France conceded the opening goal while he was caught napping in the back. The Frenchman was replaced by Didier Deschamps at halftime, but France lost to the Swiss on penalties.
Right now, Lenglet needs more than anything to do business at another club where he can work on his improvement and probably reach his talent and potential. Therefore, given the current situation in the Catalan capital, its sale seems like a delicate decision.