Josep Maria Bartomeu reportedly wants a former Real Madrid defender to replace Junior Firpo at Barcelona this summer
Barcelona‘s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has done some terrible business recently. From the purchase of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho at exorbitantly high prices to the sale of Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal going out for a combined total of less than 5 million euros. Coupled with the internal politics surrounding the club, the fans have not been happy with the man. Now the Spaniard is looking to add another player to the squad, with Marcos Alonso of Chelsea.
The 57-year-old wants to bring in competition in the left-back position for Jordi Alba and throw out Junior Firpo who was yet another flop signing under his tenure. Unlike the other signings, this might be one that is in the direction of being smart as Alba is currently 31 years old and Barca will be needing replacements for him soon. However, Alonso also happens to be 29, and is comparatively very slow, following the rise of youngsters with exceptional pace up front in the world of football, a slow wingback might not be the best option for one of the best team in Europe.
Fortunately for Barcelona, the former Fiorentina man has fallen out with his coach Frank Lampard at Chelsea. After a few disappointing performances and the oncoming of Ben Chilwell, the chances of Alonso getting a spot in the starting line-up for the Blues has drastically decreased. Due to this, Lampard regards the player as one that needs to be let go of this transfer window and he will be willing to do so for a fee of 20 million euros.
Along with the need for a replacement, Bartomeu also reportedly has a personal incentive behind the move. With Real Madrid snatching up Takefuso Kubo, an exceptional young talent from the Blaugrana, this transfer of the former Real Madrid man would serve as a kind of revenge according to Don Balon.
Nothing is final as of yet and talks have not gone further between the two sides regarding the transfer of the Spanish fullback, and it remains to be seen what other moves will the controversial Barcelona president might come up with next.
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