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It’s January, and for Barcelona, that means dipping their toe into the transfer market to bring in a strange new striker. It is tradition.
Barcelona loves to raise eyebrows with its transfer business. Martin Braithwaite and Kevin Prince-Boateng were the last two emergency forwards, and manager Ronald Koeman has made it clear that he wants Barça to look for someone new again.
Let’s take a look at who you might choose.
An obvious place to start.
Koeman wants to sign Lyon hitman Memphis Depay, who has six months left on his contract and is likely to leave for free at the end of the season. It makes sense to start with him.
He is one of Ligue 1’s top scorers this season and has led Lyon to the top of the table, but for the right price the French team could be tempted to sell.
Valencia is in free fall. They are flirting with relegation and could be forced to sell some players in January to balance the books, and Barcelona could take advantage of that.
Among Valencia’s most valuable assets is striker Maxi Gómez, who has a good record of scoring goals in the Spanish top flight, something that Barcelona often want their emergency recruits to have.
The 24-year-old might be a bit pricey, but it would offer much-needed coverage for a few good years at least.
Sticking with the bottom of La Liga, Barcelona could revert to its old ways and leave the poorest team in the league stranded without its top scorer.
Huesca is in trouble this season. Loaner Rafa Mir is doing everything he can to keep them afloat, but Barcelona will be licking their lips at the prospect of signing the Wolf man and letting Huesca drown.
Wolves want to sell? Probably not. Can you stop Barcelona’s desire to kill all the other teams? Absolutely not.
One of the most famous strikers in the history of the Premier League, Steven Caulker could solve more than a few problems for Barcelona.
The 29-year-old Alanyaspor striker has scored two goals and one assist this season so he could help in attack, but perhaps most importantly, he could replace at the rear when needed.
During his time with Liverpool, we saw Caulker fit perfectly out of position at center-back in his debut against Arsenal. That was the story, right?
Instead of wasting everyone’s time by hiring an unknown striker, why not do your best and prepare for the future for once?
PSV Eindhoven’s Donyell Malen is looking forward to his big move, and Barcelona is known to be a fan of the 21-year-old’s Eredivisie performances.
If Barça sign Malen now, they will be classified as a forward for the next decade. The right decision is not always approved in the Camp Nou boardroom, but maybe This is the time.
Have you seen this boy? Luis Suárez, I think his name is. With Atlético de Madrid he scores goals for fun.
If you want a forward with La Liga experience, he is the best bet. He has scored over 150 goals in competition throughout his career, most of which came for … oh.
Girona striker Cristhian Stuani is usually on Barcelona’s radar at this time of year.
He has managed 40 goals in his last two seasons in La Liga, so he knows how to do the job in Spain, but he’s also very tight-fisted because he’s 34 years old and now plays in the second division.
Stuani is the ideal short-term signing, so don’t be surprised to see ties to Uruguay’s international comeback.
Arsenal’s failure Lucas Pérez has done a good job rebuilding his career in Spain.
He scored 11 goals last season for Alavés and has brought solid form to the current campaign, so he’s still good enough to do some kind of work at the Camp Nou.
Pérez was fighting at West Ham just two years ago, but that’s the kind of forward Barcelona loves to sign.
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