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

The 2022-23 season is a huge one for Barcelona as they try to find a go back to prominence. The post-Lionel Messi period has actually been rough with the club stopping working to win a prize last season, one peppered with irregular, below-par efficiencies. There were more bad minutes than great, losing 2 of 3 conferences with Real Madrid, crashing out of the Champions League group phase and after that getting squashed by ultimate Europa League champs Eintracht Frankfurt

There were flashes of achievement which offers a twinkle of hope. The 4-0 win at Real Madrid in El Clasico revealed simply what this group might do, however statements about going back to prominence after that match — I’m taking a look at you, Gerard Pique — showed to be early. 

There are wonderful young pieces to construct around, and if Barça can land gamers this summer season that they yearn for — all the while stabilizing their financial resources, which is vital for Joan Laporta — then there is no reason that they can’t compete in La Liga next season.

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Here’s a take a look at how things stand with the Barça squad, who they might and ought to pursue and far more:

Barcelona goalkeeper outlook

  • Staying: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Arnau Tenas
  • Potentially leaving: Neto

They are embeded in objective with ter Stegen, and now it is practically including depth if Neto leaves. Tenas might simply be the future in objective at the club, however getting a tested backup to ter Stegen would make a great deal of sense. They are comfy with how things stand.

Ideal relocations: Grabbing someone who runs out agreement — such as Napoli’s David Ospina or Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo — makes a great deal of sense as a back-up.

Barcelona defense outlook

  • Staying:  Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba, Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique
  • Leaving: Dani Alves
  • Uncertain future: Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti
  • Loan alternative: Alex Balde

The defense requires a great deal of work, and it will depend on Xavi to figure out if he wishes to opt for Pique and a young center back or look towards the future with Garcia and Araujo. They require some depth there though with Lenglet perhaps en route out, which depth seems coming. The expectation is for Andreas Christensen to sign up with on a complimentary transfer from Chelsea. American Sergino Dest looks predestined to be a bench gamer, however he’ll have time to impress … or possibly rather the opposite. 

Ideal relocations: Getting Christensen would be a huge increase for an irregular defense, one that likewise counts on fullbacks getting forward a lot. Xavi does not appear persuaded with Dest, so doing something there makes a lots of sense, whether that includes moving him and even providing him more time in a sophisticated position where he’s much better. There is very little there in regards to gamers whose agreements are ending, however perhaps Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko? There have actually been relate to Chelsea’s left back Marcos Alonso too, while someone such as Sevilla’s Gonzalo Montiel might make good sense too. Getting Christensen and Alonso would be a great start. 

Barcelona midfield outlook

  • Staying: Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Nico, Sergi Roberto
  • Arriving:  TBD
  • Uncertain futures: Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Miralem Pjanic

With Frenkie de Jong connected to Manchester United, Miralem Pjanic most likely on his escape and Riqui Puig far from the very first option, the midfield requires some major juice. On the free-agent train once again, Barça are anticipated to land Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie. They would definitely like to land someone such as Valencia’s Carlos Soler, Wolverhampton’s Ruben Neves or Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, however they aren’t anticipated to have the resources for that unless they make some major sales.

Ideal relocations: The imagination in the midfield is secured through Pedri, so combining him with Busquets and Kessie would work well. From there, they would definitely wish to include another innovative piece to assist get the attack going. They likely would not touch previous Real Madrid guy Isco, who is a complimentary representative, however making a play for fellow complimentary representative Christian Eriksen would make a lots of sense and be relatively low threat.

Barcelona attack outlook

  • Staying: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres
  • Returning from loan: Antoine Griezmann, Trincao
  • Expected to leave: Luuk de Jong, Adama Traore
  • Uncertain futures: Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay, Ousmane Dembele
  • Loan alternative: Abde Ezzalzouli, Islias Akhomach, Rey Manaj

So numerous enigma here for this attack with a couple of gamers appearing like locks to be a part of the group’s strategies. Aubameyang is the starter at striker, unless a specific Polish star signs up with, and they appear relatively set on the wing, particularly if Dembele sits tight and re-signs. He has actually revealed enhancement and flashes while remaining relatively healthy, balancing 38 looks the last 2 seasons. If they can keep him, then they would require striker depth and wing depth. That striker depth might simply be having Aubameyang.

Ideal relocations:  The summer season story here has actually been their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski. One of the world’s biggest gamers and an outright pure striker, he would provide Barça a legitimate attack to compete in a minimum of their 2 domestic competitors. Would he can be found in at a discount rate so that Laporta is able ot correctly stabilize the books?  It most likely will not be simple without offering some essential pieces. If they can get him on board, that will permit the versatility to utilize Aubameyang on the wing too. Griezmann is most likely out, however they would be quite set by simply landing their most significant fish. Maybe simply then Pique will be ideal by stating that Barça are back.

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