With the transfer season ending we can conclude that Barcelona has closed their chequebooks after doing some fairly good business in the market, where the club have injected fresh firepower for the bench replacing the deadwood. We saw four major signings, three of them very young and the fourth one being the experienced Chilean. Disappointed at Griezmann’s decision to snub Barcelona and stay at Atleti, Barca fans were again denied of seeing a new salivating prospective signing of the highly touted Frenchman Paul Pogba.
The rumor mills also mentioned the names of Frenkie De Jong of Ajax and the PSG midfield man Adrien Rabiot, whose contract is slated to expire next summer. Despite losing out on all three this time, there’s a good chance that the club would sign atleast two out of Pogba, De Jong and Rabiot, according to SPORT, the Catalunya based media outlet.
De Jong has an interesting profile. He has played for Ajax 22 matches and has 7 assists to his name. He played as center back and also as a midfielder, but 5 of his assists came when he was substituted to play in midfield which also indicates that he can be a super sub. At Barcelona he will be not generally be used as a starter but gradually after experience as a substitute he might be allowed to start in less crucial games. His delicate passing is proved by his 91.4 percent passing accuracy and makes him an ideal fit. He can play as a regista (of course in absence of Busquets) or as centre back when the coach deems it fit.
Adrien Rabiot, at just 23 has enthralled the PSG fans with his exquisite passing displays. His role alternates between central and defensive midfielder and he had a 92 percent passing rate last season. His passing record is good but he’s not among those who makes long runs up the pitch and create goal scoring chances. He not the one who can change the complexion of games within seconds. He tends to stay behind while Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe push up front with approaching support from Verratti and full backs. So, it would be a plausible question in the minds of Barca board to choose to spend on him over other options.
Paul Pogba doesn’t need much introduction because he’s a proven star on and off the pitch. He’s a key player both at Manchester United and France. This time he led his country to win the most prestigious feat in the international football which is the FIFA World Cup. One of his France teammate said that they saw his chrysalis moment during the world cup when he had transformed into a leader of men motivating his team before matches and we all saw how well that turned out. Pogba has reportedly had rift with his boss Mourinho and the saga has been dragging on since a long while. He has been linked most strongly to Barcelona but we’ll see if the want-away star’s story has some real truth next transfer season. Quality wise he’s excellent but his price tag will be a concern for Barcelona.