Barcelona want to up their midfield talent under all circumstances
Despite being rejected for an exchange deal involving Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona have devised an all-new strategy to acquire Matteo Guendouzi. The Frenchman may be struggling at Arsenal but that hasn’t stopped Barca’s relentless pursuit and after the failed exchange deal, they have a new move up their sleeve.
After the Catalans lost the La Liga title to rivals, Real Madrid, a whole restructuring of the squad has been envisioned, and strengthening the midfield has been top priority despite talents like Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig already present. After the questionable exchange deal of young Arthur Melo for an aging Miralem Pjanic, Barca looked to offload Coutinho and gain Guendouzi in return.
However, it looks like the Premier League side aren’t ready to take on the huge wages that the Brazilian comes with, and while they are ready to continue the negotiations, they wish for a better offer from the Spanish giants. Additionally, Countinho’s performance hasn’t been on his A-game of late and the Gunners are reluctant to sign him on as a liability, and an expensive one at that.
Sporting Director, Eric Abidal, and his team are leading the negotiations and have come up with a startling alternative to continue the talks on the midfielder. Reportedly, Barca have proposed 2 players in exchange for one, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic have both been nominated as part of the deal. Barcelona are very keen on securing the 21-year-old Frenchman, who has already raised some eyebrows with his performance and could fit in very well with Barca’s new plans for the long run if he keeps performing exceptionally.
Vidal and Rakitic have both had a rocky season, with the former consistently failing to connect despite his defensive capabilities, and the latter being outpaced due to his 33 years of age. While it is shocking to see Barcelona ready to lose both these superstars in exchange for one player, it remains to be seen whether the English Club will take them up on this offer.
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