After a transition season with the departure of Leo Messi, Barça finally seem to have a solid project in the mid-long term in order to win titles again. The arrival of Xavi to the bench provides the team with the identity that they had lost with their previous coach, Ronald Koeman, even though that Xavi’s numbers were far away from expected.
The arise of players like Gavi and Nico, plus the establishment of Pedri and Araujo, have been the key to set up the foundations of a new project for Barça that is based on the youngest players. All of these players will have to take another step forwards towards the next season in order to achieve the goals of the club.
But the excitement of the fans is not only based on the young players, but also because of the new signings that president Joan Laporta has already completed and also those that are about to join to the squad shortly. Players like Franck Kessié, who will be very useful to strengthen the midfield, as well as the recent addition of Raphinha, will both be key for a Barça that also need these kind of profiles on the field.
Others like Jules Koundé and, overall, Robert Lewandowski are also a priority if Barça want to battle for all the titles next season. The Frenchman seems to be close to become the next signing in a deal where Memphis Depay could also be included. On the other hand, the Polish striker will be a little bit more complicated to sign due to Bayern’s firm position on not letting him leave. However, Laporta is very optimistic and does not rule out any new addition until the end of the transfer market.
The stay of Ousmane Dembélé (as far as he is healthy) will be another key piece for the new project of Barça. Xavi really insisted on his renewal multiple times and, even though his contract expired the player became a free agent for a few days, he has finally extended his contract with Barça until June 2024.
All of these playes added to others like Ferran Torres, Pablo Torre, Aubameyang or Gerard Piqué, among others, will be the ones in charge to lead Barça to be one of the best teams in the continent and, why not, to battle again for the Champions League title after several years of disappointments.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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