Barcelona are expected to have a completely new-look among their board of directors in 2021, who are planning ambitious overhauls of the squad.
Josep Maria Bartomeu’s tenure at Barcelona is numbered despite success in his early days. A series of flop signings, coupled with poor management of finances and the club as a whole have seen the current president make a knot around his own neck. With the next elections upcoming in 2021, all eyes are on Joan Laporta to make a return to the Camp Nou.
Under Laporta, Barca enjoyed some of the most successful years in their long and illustrious history. Pep Guardiola overlooking the sextuple was certainly the best season for the Blaugrana as well as one that has been witnessed in European football. However, with Bartomeu leading things, it’s looking like the Catalans are going downward.
With a return for their former president on the horizon within one year, the excitement among the Barcelona fans is remarkable. While Lionel Messi may not be a part of the club for much longer, it is expected that the likes of Guardiola and Xavi will be back in Catalonia following Laporta’s return to presidency which signals really positive things.
Don Balon has now reported that the 58-year-old will look to sanction a move for Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix as soon as he marks his place for another term at the Camp Nou. The Portuguese winger will cost 160 million euros but would be a super addition to the club’s squad and a major factor in the electoral members favouring Laporta as president.
Joao Felix was signed by the Rojiblancos in 2019 for a reported 126 million euros as they battled stiff competition from the likes of Barca and Real Madrid in the process of signing him. Despite playing for an incredibly defensive team, the ex-Benfica superstar has done a great job and by moving to a club like Barcelona, his true potential could realise.
Felix’s versatility will be a major asset to the Blaugrana given they are dealing with an aged squad at the moment. Originally an attacking midfielder, the 20-year-old can play on either wings, as a striker and a second-striker too. Moreover, his speed in leading the counters has proven to be an asset throughout, making the Camp Nou a suitable destination.
In addition to signing the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ as he has been dubbed, Laporta also wants to bring back Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, who he believes is a worthy successor to Messi. Should the former chief come back to Barcelona, it’s going to be exciting to see how things pan out and what kind of a reshuffle would be in store.