There’s no hiding the fact that Barcelona remain in a difficult financial position. They’re still counting the cost of the recklessness of the previous administration.
However, that only makes the work done by Mateu Alemany in this latest transfer window all the more extraordinary.
Nobody can deny that they have taken a couple of risks.
There have long been concerns over Adama Traore’s end product, while we do not yet know if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a player in decline or simply experiencing a poor run of form.
However, Ferran Torres already has the look of a fantastic signing for Barca, one that hints at a brighter future, the way in which Alemany made it happen deserves enormous credit.
Dani Alves is returned to Barça as a free agent and agreed on a one-season contract with an option until 2023.
Remember, just registering players is a struggle for Barca right now and yet Barca’s sporting director has somehow managed to completely revamp the club’s forward line in one window by restructuring Samuel Umtiti’s contract and sending Philippe Coutinho on loan to Aston Villa.
The Ousmane Dembele situation still needs to be resolved – but Xavi is now in a position where he no longer needs to rely on the Frenchman.
An air of positivity has returned to Barca after the doom and gloom of 2021.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is fond of hyperbole, so it would be wrong to read too much into his comments about signing Erling Haaland this summer.
However, when he says that “everything is possible”, it’s becoming difficult to disagree, given the Blaugrana now have a mini-miracle worker like Alemany controlling the comings and goings at Camp Nou.
Source: The Khaama Press News Agency