Barça’s Troubled Transfer Strategy


In wake of Dani Alves protracted contract negotiations, and following Real Madrid’s acquisition of Porto FC’s Danilo, 23, Barcelona were refreshingly proactive and secured the signature of former La Masia pupil Aleix Vidal, 25, even though the Catalan can’t play in official games until January 2016. Fortunately though Alves decided to extend his stay in Barcelona, which suddenly gives the blaugrana depth at right-back, the presence of Martin Montoya and Douglas notwithstanding.

Had Alves not extended his contract, and Barcelona not signed Vidal, the blaugranas inconsistent track record in the transfer market and lack of a long-term strategy in regards to recruitment would’ve been put under scrutiny once more.