Barcelona’s monetary points have led the membership to trawl the market in the hunt for free brokers, with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia each becoming a member of on free transfers from Manchester Metropolis, whereas Aymeric Laporte has additionally attracted curiosity from the Catalan facet.
The previous Athletic Membership centre-back has formally obtained a Spanish citizenship and was known as up by Luis Enrique to take part within the 2020 European Championship with Spain, regardless of having beforehand performed for France’s youth sides.
Falling behind in Guardiola’s pecking order
Laporte joined Manchester Metropolis in January 2018 after the Sky Blues triggered his buyout clause to lure him out of Athletic Membership.
In his first full season below Pep Guardiola he established himself into the group’s beginning line-up and featured in as many as 51 video games throughout all competitions.
Nonetheless, a knee harm prevented him from making an affect in 2019/20 and following Ruben Dias‘ arrival final summer season, Laporte turned the third-choice centre-back behind the Portuguese defender and John Stones, as Manchester Metropolis cruised all the best way to Premier League success final season.
One other switch goal from Manchester Metropolis
The connection between Barcelona and Manchester Metropolis appears to have improved following Joan Laporta‘s return to the Blaugrana’s presidency.
In truth, Barcelona requested for Metropolis’s permission to current Aguero and Garcia final week, regardless of each being formally contracted to the Premier League champions till the top of June.
The Catalan facet had beforehand tried to signal Garcia each final summer season and in January, as his contract was set to return to an finish in June, however no deal was reached with the Sky Blues.
In the meantime, after parting methods with Luis Suarez again in September, Barcelona disputed the 2020/21 season with only one pure striker within the squad, in Martin Braithwaite.
Therefore, the membership determined to make a transfer for Aguero, whose contract with Manchester Metropolis additionally ran till the top of June and who will now be a part of forces along with his Argentina teammate and shut pal Lionel Messi on the Blaugrana.
Barcelona’s struggles in defence final season may see the membership transferring for one more centre-back to additional strengthen their defence forward of subsequent season.
Ronald Koeman presently has the likes of Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza and Garcia at his disposal however a possible centre-back departure this summer season has not been dominated out.