Barcelona’s January transfer window targets are under the spotlight, as the Catalans have wasted £368million on strikers in recent seasons.
Sergio Aguero’s heartbreaking retirement has left Blaugrana manager Xavi with only one out-and-out striker at the Nou Camp.
Unfortunately, former Newcastle United flop Luuk de Jong, whose initial arrival on loan from Sevilla was greeted with immense hostility and anger, is the only natural centre-forward in Barcelona's frontline.
They are currently languishing in eighth position in La Liga, and are still reeling from their humiliating group-stage exit in the Champions League.
However, the Catalans transfer budget reportedly only has room for free transfers and loan signings, amid a horrifying scrap heap of investment.
It can be argued that Barcelona’s last successful transfer window came in the summer of 2014 when they signed Luis Suarez from Liverpool for £75m.
Unfortunately for the four-time Champions League winners, their proceeding investments in the forward line have been disastrous.
With Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Suarez leading Barcelona’s frontline and becoming one of the best attacking tripartite in football history, the Catalans invested £24m in Atletico Madrid striker Arda Turan and £25m in Valencia hitman Paco Alcacer in 2015 and 2016 respectively,.
However, they were rocked by Neymar’s £200m exit to Paris Saint-Germain in the 2017 season.
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The £135.5m arrival of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund immediately proceeded the Brazilian’s exit, while Antoine Griezmann was also signed from Atletico Madrid in 2019 summer window for £107m.
Their strikers’ scrapheap does not stop there, as they also added Malcom (£36.5m), Kevin Prince-Boateng (loan), Martin Braithwaite (£15m), and Trincao (£25) from Bordeaux, Sassulou, Leganes, and Braga respectively, between 2018 and 2021.
Dembele and Braithwaite are the only acquisitions who have remained at the club, yet Dembele’s future at the Nou Camp has also been up in the air over the last few seasons.
At this current moment, the days of Barcelona’s ferocious and expensive transfer outlay are beyond them, with the club reportedly suffering beneath £1billion worth of debt.
Their failure to align with new La Liga Financial Fairplay Regulations prohibited the club from committing Messi to a new contract, despite the fact the Argentinean had reportedly agreed to take a 50% pay-cut.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has pledged to bring in new reinforcements in January, but also stated their budget and margin for new arrivals is next to nothing.
“Xavi has asked us to strengthen the squad and we are going to try to do it, but in this moment, we haven’t got any margin to do it,” he said in an interview with Marca.
“Therefore, in this moment we can’t, but we have to let the sporting department work.”
The Catalans have been linked with the likes of former Arsenal captain Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani of Manchester United, Basle striker Arthur Cabral, and perhaps most surprisingly, a shock loan move for Inter Milan, and former Barcelona star, Alexis Sanchez.
Ferran Torres of Manchester City has also emerged as a top target for the La Liga giants, but he would not be available on a free transfer or a loan signing.
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