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Building the best possible squad for the upcoming season

Okay, first we have got to check out the squad that we have.

In the table below, the first two columns show the immediate first team squad and the other two rows include players yet to join us in the upcoming season or some of the promising Braca B team players.

Ter Stegen

Neto

Inaki Pena

Arnau Tenas

Semedo

Roberto

Emerson

Wague

Pique

Araujo

Todibo

Mbuyamba

Lenglet

Umtiti

Cuenca

Chumi

Alba

Firpo

Akieme

Miranda

Busquets

Rakitic

Matheus

Oriol

De Jong

Vidal

Alena

Ludovit

Arthur

Riqui Puig

Coutinho

Ilax Moriba

Messi

Griezmann

Rafinha

Cucurella

Suarez

Braithewaite

Trincao

Konrad

Dembele

Ansu Fati

Pedri

Collado

We have to acknowledge that we have a wonderful squad and quality is evident in every position. But a few areas are less covered than the others and some key players would definitely be leaving the club.

DEPARTURES: So basically what I am thinking is to select the players that I don’t want or won’t be seeing in the the next season and take them all out of the table and then see what we are left with to decide which players do we need to sign in the next window. I will also mention te least amount we are gonna get for these players as these times are uncertain.

  • NETO (15m): We didn’t need him in the first place. He has played far less games for the fee that we paid and the wages that he gets every week. Most importantly he hasn’t pushed Ter Stegen so what’s even the point of having such a back up keeper.
  • SEMEDO (40m): Although I don’t want him to leave, he probably will leave the club this summer after the contract talks broke between his agents and the club.
  • ROBERTO (35m): This is one of the controversial ones, mainly because he is the 4th captain and the face of La Masia but hear me out okay? Apart from his last minute goal against PSG and some performances against Real he hasn’t offered much. At right back, with Messi drifting inside, he doesn’t provide any width on the right side and is weak defensively. In midfield even Carles Alena and Riqui Puig are better than him. It's because of him Semedo is leaving, he couldn’t make a place for himself in the middle so he kept on going back to right back position. It's high time that we sell him before he hinders the growth of the new right back we sign/promote.
  • UMTITI (30m): Inconsistency, injuries, lack of discipline and high wages. Need I say more?
  • RAKITIC & VIDAL (30m): They don’t intend to be the backup midfielders and their contracts are running up.
  • COUTINHO (60m): His time as a Barca player is up. Extremely high wages and weak performances. Bonus point: if we keep him for another season we would have to pay Liverpool another 20m as per the agreement.
  • RAFINHA (15m): I really like this player but I think Barcelona is just unlucky for him, he may thrive elsewhere.
  • TODIBO (25m): "What could have been?" is what we would be asking ourselves after some years as we let his transfer go through. Todibo could very well be te long term successor of Pique but sadly not in front of our board's eyes. They see him as a gold mine and would 99% try to cash in on him tis summer.
  • WAGUE (5m): From what I have seen, he is simply not at that level. When we think of a modern fullback playing at Barcelona we don’t exactly imagine him playing for such an elite club. We could easily loan him too but I just want to sell instead.
  • BRAITHEWAITE (15m): It would be sad to see him leave just a few months after he signed especially for the determination and the energy that he brings to the table but we can't have 8-9 forwards for the next season and the forward line must have the best quality stars that can be afforded.
  • SUAREZ (30m): Yes, I kept the most controversial one for the last. Luis Suarez is not finished, just look at his numbers! He has a very strong friendship with our talisman both on and off the field and you can never write him off. He is a spectacular finisher but for me his time at the club is up. For the last 4 seasons he has not contributed enough at the biggest stage and as long as we keep him he would keep that starting spot, not allowing any other talent to have the chance to grow and prosper. Sometimes you have to let go of the good to make room for something better. Also just look at that weekly wage he is earning, we can’t afford it for another goddamn season.

KEEPING: I don’t intend to sell some players who have been criticised a lot and have my own reasons for it.

  • DEMBELE: Huge huge huge potential.
  • FIRPO: Yet to see the best of him, he has the pace and creativity to shine at Barca. Should be given at least another season to prove himself. Also, we need an attack minded right back to cover up tat right flank where Messi never is and to complement that a slightly defensive left back who can act as the third centre back (Just like Abidal used to complement Dani Alves)
  • GRIEZMANN: There has been a change in the management and it is tough to perform at a club of this stature especially when more than half of the forward line is injured but Griezmann has managed it all decently till now. He may be able to give more as the time progresses, just keep in mind that away goal at Napoli, it was he who stepped up, let’s give another season just for that.

Okay, so 12 players sold and 300m earned. Don’t tell me we can’t even sell all these world class players at these wholesale jaw-dropping prices.

Now let’s take a look at what is left with us. We just sold 12 players and there are a lot of holes in the team. We can’t sign that many players and we don’t have to. We have the best academy in the whole world and it's about time to trust some of the youngsters. Then we will have a look at who to sign to cover up the remaining gaps.

PROMOTION: Inaki Pena, Ronald Araujo, Carles Alena, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati (Duh)

TER STEGEN INAKI PENA

PIQUE

ARAUJO

LENGLET

ALBA

FIRPO

DE JONG

BUSQUETS

ARTHUR

ALENA

RIQUI PUIG

DEMBELE

MESSI

GRIEZMANN

ANSU FATI

As we can clearly see, we don’t have a single right back in the squad, we also need a strong ball playing centre back for the future and a very strong centre forward who can also be on the wings at times. One backup midfielder and one decent but promising winger with a high ceiling.

Now let’s get to the signings that would complete the squad, I would also mention the maximum price for each.

SIGNINGS: What if I told you that our dumb board actually managed to sign two decent players already to cover up some of the positions mentioned above. Trincao will the winger and Pedri (OMG thit player is so talented, it’s unreal) will be the last midfielder.

  • LAUTARO MAERTINEZ (110m Release Clause): You already knew it was coming. He is the best option for us because at Barca you don’t just have to be pacy but know how to operate in small spaces (Sorry WERNER). Don’t forget the special Argentine connection he would have with Messi, the best possible replacement for Suarez right now.
  • DAYOT UPAMECANO (60m Release Clause): Strong, aggressive, athletic, speedy, ball playing AND right footed. Also, a bargain at this price to be honest. Todibo would have been a good option too but bye.
  • SERGINO DEST (20m): 19 year old Dani Alvesesk right back from Ajax. He would need time though which brings us to our last signing.
  • EMERSON ROYAL(10m): His release clause is not clear but he is partially owned by Barcelona so it must not higher than this. He has performed at a very high level in La Liga and is known for his creativity.


200m spent and 4 players brought in but we also have some 150m loan to take care of from the previous season and probably the corona virus setback. So our finances would look something like this:

300 - 200 - 150 = (-50)

But hopefully that will be taken care with all the wages we will be able to save after the departures of high earning players like Suarez, Coutinho, Rakitic, Umtiti, Vidal, Roberto and Neto. (Promoting La Masia has its own benefits)




This is how the final squad would look like:

TER STEGEN

INAKI PENA

EMERSON

DEST

PIQUE

ARAUJO

UPAMECANO

LENGLET

ALBA

FIRPO

DE JONG

BUSQUETS

ARTHUR

ALENA

RIQUI PUIG

PEDRI

DEMBELE

TRINCAO

MESSI

GRIEZMANN

LAUTARO

ANSU FATI

<em>This does not represent the views of Barca Blaugranes or SBNation</em>