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Barcelona presents the winter market as an occasion to provide the centre of the countryside – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Barcelona presents the winter market as an occasion to provide the centre of the countryside - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

A year ago the Barcelona was extraordinarily active in the winter market signing additions, transfers and transfers that, except for the goal, affected all lines. The situation has changed and now the idea is basically limited to providing the mular, which with seven midfielders, in addition to Riqui Puig asking for passage from the subsidiary, is clearly oversized. The club has budgeted revenues of 124 million euros between transfers and transfers and in January the first opportunity to make a cash.

It’s not easy to Ernesto Valverde manage overcrowding Midfielders, to which you must refer in all your arraignments. Rakitic, Arturo Vidal And Aleñá have expressed at some point in the season their displeasure at the lack of minutes and hinted at the possibility of packing. “I count on the ones I have and do not expect any modification. I’m the coach and I think the ones here are the ones who have to take it all in, ” he said on Friday. “They’ll be with us as soon as we get back on vacation, ” topped Valverde on Saturday.

The public discourse of the coach does not match the intentions/needs of Barcelona, ready to apply a diet of weight loss or, at most, reinforce the right side with an incorporation for the next season. But football has extraordinary things. Rakitic, who seemed evicted, has exploited Arthur’s injury to claim ownership in six of the last seven games. Vidal appeared in the starting line-up against Alavés after eight days as a substitute. Aleñá, who had not been listed as a starter since the first day in San
Mamés, played more minutes (90) on Saturday than in the rest of the League (80), in which he had only three previous appearances and was not called up in eight matches.


Rakitic, Vidal and Aleñá have expressed a desire to change airs if their lack of opportunities persists

Although Vidal has always been listed in Valverde’s plans as a 12th player, the restitution of the retired midfielders is subject to different readings. On the one hand, it sounds like Valverde’s message in favor of keeping the template intact. In another sense, the placement of these high-level footballers in the showcase (they formed the center of the field on the last and inconsequential day of the Champions in the field of Inter) matches the interests of the club. The contracts of Rakitic and Vidal expire in 2021, are footballers with good signage in the market and seems an ideal time to undertake a profitable transfer, although Barcelona does not close the possibility of rewarded assignments. Everything – also the situation of Aleñá, with contract until 2022 – goes through the will of the players. In this regard, and despite the negotiations between Barca and Inter that has unveiled the Italian press, Vidal informed with gestures – at least this impression – that he remains in the Camp Nou during the celebration of his goal Alava.

It is more than likely, as Valverde points out, that Rakitic and Aleñá will participate in the next training, on December 29, after the rest period, and that Vidal will join the work with the rest of the South Americans on January 2. What is not so true is that all three remain on the team when the winter market shutters come down on 31 January.

In this period of transactions Barcelona practiced numerous tins, and not all successful, in the last season. On the one hand, he lost weight with the handover of Munir To Seville and the transfer of Denis Suarez To Arsenal. On the other hand, he incorporated as ceding Jeison Murillo –to compensate for casualties Umtiti And Vermaelen– and Prince Boateng –in anticipation of possible injuries Suárez–. In addition, the Blue-grain entity signed Todibo and, in a joint operation with the Betis, to the Brazilian side Emerson. As a colophon, Barca materialized the signing of De Jong, which remained in the Ajax until the summer.