Barcelona are making plans for next season but there are questions marks over a variety of positions in Xavi’s starting XI, particularly out wide.
Ousmane Dembele’s contract expires in a few days. But his future remains a mystery. The Frenchman apparently wants to stay but doesn’t like Barca’s offer. However, it looks like it’s the only offer he has on the table right now.
Let’s see what Dembele will do next. He could well end up staying after all. But if he does go then it seems likely the Catalans will do all they can to bring in a replacement. Barça might also withdraw their offer if he doesn’t respond by the end of June.
Leeds United winger Raphinha appears to be the dream. The only problem is that his price tag seems out of Barca’s reach now Leeds are staying in the Premier League. Raphinha’s agent is Deco which may help matter. But bringing the 25-year-old in will not be easy.
🔄 (DI MARÍA): Juventus are still working on signing Ángel Di María, who has not given a final answer yet, but he is closer.
• By not receiving signals or guarantees from other clubs, especially Barcelona, he has to decide soon.#FCB 🇦🇷
Via (🟢): @MatteMoretto [relevo]
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) June 26, 2022
A low-cost option would be Angel Di Maria. The Argentine is out of contract after leaving PSG and apparently wants to head to Spain and play for Barca. However, rumors from the last hours suggest that he’s losing patience and might sign for Juventus.
Di Maria turned 34 in February and is clearly not a long-term option. His Real Madrid past may also count against him. But he’s an experienced international who could potentially do a job for a season and not require a big investment from Barca.
So who should Barcelona go for? Please pick your favorite in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments!