Barcelona Crisis: La Liga side should spend £120m to sign this Premier League trio to help get the giants back on track
Barcelona are in trouble.
The summer additions Luis Enrique made haven’t moved the club forward and now the Catalan giants find themselves back behind their arch-rivals Real Madrid with the Bernabeu side looking good value to pick up their first La Liga title in five seasons.
Enrique brought in solid, if not spectacular, additions to boost his squad and they look surprisingly weak in a number of areas.
Defensively Barcelona looked inept during their 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Sunday night and the Nou Camp side now sit six points behind Real Madrid ahead of their big El Clasico clash next weekend.
Samuel Umtiti was brought in from Lyon but has suffered with injury concerns whilst Andre Gomes has flattered to deceive and both Lucas Digne and Paco Alcacer are little more than good quality back-up options.
Barcelona have conceded more goals than Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao and it’s time the club invested heavily to correct things.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
Luis Enrique has had to use Sergi Roberto as his first-choice right-back with Aleix Vidal not being a high enough quality option to fill the role.
Yes Bellerin recently signed a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium but we all know that contracts are, pretty much, not worth the paper they are written on.
If Barcelona made a big offer, something in the region of £35m-40m, and made guarantees to their former youth team graduate, then the 21-year-old could well push to leave Arsenal. Such is the bond between Bellerin and his hometown club.
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Whilst Barcelona’s front three of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi can not be bettered the addition of a creative midfield talent such as Coutinho would work wonders.
There have been growing rumours of a possible move for the Anfield star and the fact that the 24-year-old’s best friend, the aforementioned Neymar, plies his trade at Barcelona may be extra motivation for getting the deal done.
A move to bring in the Liverpool fan favourite would be all the more plausible if Jurgen Klopp’s side fail to keep up their excellent start to the campaign.
Coutinho has bagged five goals and five assists in a dozen Premier League starts this season and is fast maturing into one of the best in the business.
A bid of around £65-70m could be enough to land the former Inter Milan man.
Daley Blind (Manchester United)
Luis Enrique could do with a strong utility player who can fill various roles along his back-line and in defensive midfield slots, and the Dutch international could be the ideal man for the job.
Things aren’t going well for the Old Trafford side under Jose Mourinho and as such a genuine offer may greatly interest the former Ajax man and one imagines an offer of around £20m would make Man United think.
Blind’s displays this term have been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark campaign.