Barcelona have well-documented problems all over the pitch and it’s necessary that they fix them to ensure success in terms of silverware.
Samuel Umtiti has lost all his footing at Barcelona following his injury-ridden years. He was a key figure in the squad before injuries post the World Cup decided to ruin his club-stay. With Clement Lenglet now occupying his place to good effect, it’s unlikely that the France international will be able to restore his spot into the starting eleven.
According to Don Balon, the former Olympique Lyon superstar has offers to depart the Camp Nou with Serie A giants in Inter Milan and Juventus calling for his signatures. Barca have slapped a price tag of 40 million euros on the Frenchman and are hoping to land Milan Skriniar as his replacement. He has struggled to adapt to a three-man defence under Antonio Conte and is no more indispensable.
The Slovak defender is back on the market with a starting price of 55 million euros, which is much lesser than the 90 million tag a year ago. and, many Premier League teams have already identified him as a potential transfer target. Manchester City and Manchester United have already registered their interest for the Nerazzurri’s defender to bolster their respective squads.
The 25-year-old has been a huge success in the Serie A, which is one of the most defensive leagues in the world and despite struggling to fit into Conte’s unique system, Skriniar hasn’t been all that bad. He is a superb defender and not much needs to be said about his qualities, but he is brilliant on the ball as well and his ability to circulate it around from the back will be a huge asset for the Catalans.
Another target the Blaugrana could be looking at is Manchester City’s Eric Garcia. The Spaniard may leave in search of more playing time should Pep Guardiola sign Skriniar but it looks like a distant possibility. Eric Garcia has been a regular in the City squad since the restart of football and drawn-in tremendous praise. He can play as a right-back too and having already spent nine years in the youth setup at Barca, the 19-year-old would settle into the club quickly.
While Eric Garcia is no doubt a superb option, Skriniar is experienced and a proven player since the last few years. Skriniar at the back would give a perfect launching base for the midfield and much-needed solidity beside Gerard Pique, and Clement Lenglet in the longer un. Moreover, the Slovak International prefers the 4-3-3 formation and this move would suit him.
Barcelona could also engage in a swap deal with the Serie A giants in Inter involving Umtiti and Skriniar. Other names that the Catalan giants are looking at Pau Torres and Salisu, who have done a decent job this season at establishing their name on the radar but with Skriniar available at just 55 million euros, it’d be absurd to ditch him in favour of anyone else.