May 18, 2021

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FC Barcelona – La Liga: Barcelona’s defensive puzzle: Decisions to make

Barcelona need to take the time to put their squad together for the 2021/22 season, and one of the areas that needs the most work is defense.

Some decisions have already been taken, but there are still a lot of unknowns hanging over the Catalans squad. At the end of the season, Ronald koeman will meet with club management to make major decisions, despite regular contact with Ramon Planes and Mateu Alemany already.

One thing that has already been decided is the signing of Eric Garcia. The club have been in talks with the player for a long time now, and he will play at Camp Nou next season, with a deal that looks very close now.

They will have five center-backs, Umtiti for sale

With Eric GarciaBarcelona’s arrival will have six center-backs and will want to have five.

The plan is to sell Samuel umtiti, and it will go on sale for around 10 million euros. But the big problem with the Frenchman’s trip will be finding a club that can meet his salary demands.

The club gave its full support to Clement Lenglet, despite its disappointing season, and its sale is not something they are considering.

Last week, the club triggered a two-year extension in Oscar Minguezacontract, so he’s not going anywhere this summer either.

Barcelona must decide on Emerson

Real Betis’ Emerson is an option that the Blaugrana really like. He is capable of playing at the center-back, but also on the right, and he’s a real threat in attack as well.

The Catalans will have to make the decision to sign him categorically or not, knowing they already have him Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto and even Mingueza on the right already.

Junior Firpo is for sale

Barcelona will try to find a new club for Junior Firpo, who has not delivered since arriving from Betis. Should he leave, the Catalans are keen to bring back Juan Miranda.