It had been a long time since FC Barcelona I was looking for a replacement for Luis Suarez, aware that the “gunslinger” has added years of career behind him and that he was not eternal. The problem is that the coronavirus crisis has arrived, which forced the Barça club to sell the Uruguayan forward due to his high salary and the transfer market has closed without any replacement guarantees being found.
Since the start of the season, the preferred option has been Lautaro Martínez, in front of Inter de Milan who saw a great present and a great future. The Argentine fit perfectly into the profile of the player FC Barcelona was looking for, but the pandemic resulted in an economic crisis that made it impossible to pay the 111 million euros of his termination clause.
Lautaro Martínez ruled out, FC Barcelona tested cheaper alternatives and focused on the express request of Ronald Koeman: Memphis Depay. His versatility and the fact of concluding the contract with him Olympics in Lyon In June 2021 they made it a great option, but there was another problem: the culé club failed to lighten the wage bill enough to take the Dutchman without violating the rules of financial ‘fair play’.
Finally, FC Barcelona closed the market without a confirmed reinforcement for the position of center forward and with Martin Braithwaite as the only born ‘9’ of the team. That’s why the forward position has fluctuated in this early part of the season, being Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and, in the Classic, Ansu fati those who split the position.
Ansu Fati, the house option
After Ronald Koeman’s last decision with the young singer, it has already been seen Ansu Fati as a more than solid alternative to be the future ‘9’ of FC Barcelona. The Hispanic-Bissaguinian has always played as a center forward in the lower categories, so he has experience in the role. This was noted against him Real Madrid, play in front of Leo Messi with great mobility and score the only goal of the game.
Until then, Ansu Fati had always played as a left winger but with his great ‘9’ performance in the classic, It would not be strange that FC Barcelona bet on him in this position before the “overbooking” of the men in the squad. We are talking about a formidable scorer who knows perfectly the culé style of play and the position of the center forward. That Ansu Fati was the bet for the future of “9” would not be a patch, but a firm and contrasted possibility.
Memphis Depay, in the bedroom
Ansu Fati has only played one game as a center forward and Ronald Koeman will likely test him more in that position to see if he fits well as a reference man. In case it doesn’t work for you, Memphis Depay It will once again be a hefty alternative for leadership in the winter transfer market, provided an FC Barcelona player leaves.
This weekend, the Dutch international talked about what happened in the summer after scoring in Olympique de Lyon-AS Mónaco (4-1). “I’ve always been focused on Lyon even during the summer transfer window. I stayed and I’m happy. When I play I always want to give my all, give my all for my team ”, he commented to ‘Telefoot’. However, neither he nor Ronald Koeman close the door on their possible arrival in the winter.
Lautaro Martínez, more difficult
If neither the tests with Ansu Fati as a striker nor the hypothetical incorporation of Memphis Depay thrive, Lautaro Martínez could sound like reinforcement for FC Barcelona again, although in this case it would be the next directive to consider whether to adopt it or not. Of course, you have to take into account the complicated financial situation after the pandemic, so it’s up to you if there would be the resources to sign it.
In the preview of the Champions League match between Inter and Shaktar Donetsk, Lautaro Martínez talked about his future. “I work every day to improve. Today I work for Inter to get the best out of the team. I’m happy, we work every day to win and take Inter as high as possible. That’s what I think today, tomorrow I don’t know what will happen . “, he said, without closing any doors taking into account the interests of FC Barcelona. Despite this, we reiterate: it is the most difficult option.