The 222 Million Euro Question

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MARCH 28: Neymar of Brazil in action during a match between Brazil and Paraguay as part of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Arena Corinthians on March 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

You’re one of the biggest football clubs in the world and are heading smoothly towards the start of a promising season when, without any warning, one of your star players leaves. You now have 222 million Euros added to your bank balance and only a month to not only replace said star player, but plug in any other holes in your squad too. What do you do?

Laid out here are a few of the ways the board should consider spending the money, with points for and against them. At the end of the day there are no guarantees any of these will take place but as a fanbase we can dream!

(Please note only major money signings are being considered here – major in today’s market of course)

  1. Philippe Coutinho
    The most talked about player (other than Neymar) this summer and one that the board seems to be pushing the hardest for is also one who was never intended as a replacement for Neymar. Coutinho was always a player the club was very interested in, but who they consider to be a long term replacement for Andres Iniesta. Neymar’s sudden departure has encouraged to board to pursue his rival with more gusto. Having already had one bid rejected and with Jurgen Klopp insisting the player isn’t for sale, however, only a massive offer would even be considered by the Liverpool hierarchy. His talent and skill are undeniable, and he would be a great creative outlet to add to the team.
    Additionally, in recent days Coutinho has confirmed his desire to move but wishes to do so amicably, so only 2 questions remain: To what extent are the Blaugrana willing to pay over the odds for him, making him potentially the second most expensive signing of all time? The more important question, though, is whether a player that’s not really a direct replacement for either Neymar or Iniesta is even worth pursuing so vehemently. 

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     2. Ousmane Dembele    

This young, exciting player is most fans’ preferred choice to fill in the Neymar-shaped hole in Valverde’s team. and for good reason. His last season in Germany resulted in 10 goals and 18 assists in all competitions for a young and promising Dortmund team, numbers that weren’t too far off a certain Brazilian’s for the same season. As is with all great players though, the young frenchman is a lot more than just his stats. His electric pace and his unbelievable close-control means that defenders in Spain won’t be pleased with Neymar’s departure for too long. The player is also a self-proclaimed Barca fan and dreams of playing for the club one day; a match made in heaven if there was ever one. What’s stalling this move, then? Dortmund insist that they won’t let him go for any less than a ridiculous amount, meaning that initial estimates of even 100 million Euros may not be enough for the German club, and why would it be? They know how much the club wants him and how much they can afford to pay for him. He should be worth every penny, whether he arrives this season or next.

 

3. Kylian Mbappé

We have 222 million Euros to spend. We’ve lost our second best player, a key part of our forward line and arguably the best left-sided forward in the world. What better way to replace him than with a player who not only plays in the same position but is also a world beater; a star right now and a superstar in the making. Kylian Mbappé may not have had a lot of time to prove himself in the top flight of world football, but he has made an unforgettable impression in the time he has spent there. He has an uncanny eye for goal, terrorizes defenders seemingly at will and at only 19 has the world at his feet; bucketloads of potential and lots of time in which to achieve it.

Like with any other transfer, his is nigh with complications. He is easily the most expensive player on the list and arguably the most expensive available player in world football. He’s quite close to a Zinedine Zidane and idolizes Ronaldo, with Real Madrid very interested in him. There is a very clear silver lining with his potential signing too, however. With the squad Real Madrid has at its disposal, breaking into Real Madrid’s first team would be near impossible for Mbappé, especially as none of their front three seem to be moving on any time soon. Add to that Barca’s vacant spot, which happens to be for his preferred position, and the Monaco man would be stupid to not at least consider a switch to the Camp Nou. A chance to be start week in, week out for one of the best sides in the world, with the best player in the world creating for you. A dream come true for any forward player, and Mbappé should be no different.

 

     4. Paulinho

This severely underrated midfielder would not only add some much needed steal to FC Barcelona’s midfield, but would also ensure that FC Barcelona’s Brazilian quota was satisfied (especially considering Douglas’ hopefully imminent departure). His time in China means that he’s accustomed to playing in different surroundings and his history in the English Premier League means he’s done it in the best league in the world. He can pass, score, dribble and more, and Valverde would be ill advised if he does not consider putting in a bid for the midfielder. In today’s market, 40 million would be an absolute bargain for him, and for those of you who haven’t noticed the heavy sarcasm here Paulinho really would be a useful addition to the squad.

 

So, who’s your pick and why? Let us know in the comments and keep your eyes peeled for more news as this board tries to save themselves from further shame.

 

 

 

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  • Grega Kavčič

    I think barca could spend 350million. 26 was not payed to Neymar also and the other is transfer budget in general. Maybe we could substract Semedo from the 350million.

    I think Mbappe is like a Suarez situation. If we cannot get him it would mean Madrid gaining sooo much. Anyone he replaces there would be so much better for them, so we must spend the cash if he want’s to come and snatch him from madrid.

  • Oleguer Presas

    This is what Barcelona should do:

    – Sack Bartomeu and replace him with Laporta
    – Sell Roberto, Munir, Samper, Vermaelen, Mascherano, Vidal, Douglas, Rafinha, Alcacer, Denis Suarez and Turan
    – Buy some non world class players for small fees to replace them
    – Sign Eden Hazard as Neymar replacement for 150 million €
    – Splash out another 150 million € on Koke to replace the ageing Iniesta
    – Finally dissolve La Masia because it has become totally useless. Rather concentrate on signing players
    from other clubs than wasting money for La Masia.

    • yaofengchen

      Isn’t it nice Barca is not run by dictatorship or a wrecking ball? The way you described it people would think Camp Nou is razed to the ground. Why not? There is no team left. What is the point of keeping the stadium?

      • Oleguer Presas

        So i guess you would keep all those aforementioned players, right ?
        People like you are the reason why Barcelona are in decline and so much f***ed up.
        Barcelona need massive changes if they want to save themselves.
        They have to get rid off La Masia. They have to sell all those USELESS Catalan players.

        And Barcelona need more fans who are critical, just like me. They dont need fans like you who belittle even the worst situation. Real Madrid are better than Barcelona because their fans are much more critical and demanding, while Barcelona fans don’t even criticise the current board for raping the club.

        • yaofengchen

          Guess again..

          I wish I had that much influence on the decline of a football team, any team…

          I am also glad I am not Bartomeu and just a fan. You on the other hand seem to have grenades in hand ready to blow up Camp Nou, La Masia, the governing board and the entire team. What stopped you?

          • Oleguer Presas

            Barcelona are in a heavy crisis and the club needs more fans who are open to new innovations and radical changes. We dont need those oldschool fans who live in the past and still insist on LaMasia talents. We need a transfer policy similar to Real Madrid. We need to sign more foreign players to conquer other markets. We have get rid off that racist “Catalans first” policy which ruins this club. We have to wake up and start a revolution.

          • kaso

            I couldn’t agree with you more.

          • Oleguer Presas

            Thanks kaso. Read my response above.

    • Jordan Saf

      Mate your choice of profile name alone makes me disregard whatever you’ll say. But I still read it and it’s rubbish. I’m surprised you’re not a Madrid fan.

      • Kneowell Anyanwu

        Ofcourse he is

  • Jordan Saf

    The heart of the matter for me is, if PSG paying 222m for Neymar is crazy, it’s 10 times crazier to spend all that money on just 2 players that in no way have proven themselves the way Neymar did. Madrid spent crazy money on Bale and what did it do other than inflate the market.

    None of the players we’re rumored to be buying is Neymar, but neither is Delefeou, and I’d rather sit on the money and give him a chance.

    Having Neymar was a luxury not a necessity, and we should be focusing on where we know there’s a gap like the midfield and defense.

    • Oleguer Presas

      “None of the players we’re rumored to be buying is Neymar, but neither is
      Delefeou, and I’d rather sit on the money and give him a chance”

      I wonder what you mean with “I’d rather sit on the money”. This sounds like keeping those 222 Million € in your own pocket instead of investing them on new signings. You seem even more corrupt than Bartomeu and fortunately you arent the president of Barcelona because within months (or maybe even weeks) you would lead the club into total destruction by not signing any top players from other clubs and giving chances to useless players like Deulofeu.

      By the way: Have you ever seen Deulofeu’s stats ? This guy scored only 14 goals in 5 years as a professional. This is an abysmal number. Maybe you should just read the stats before posting and spreading this kind of non sense bullshit.

      • kaso

        The current set of fans we have now are more pathetic than the board members themselves. How can fan suggest we keep the money and not buy quality players when Madrid is about to win 3 straight ucl and 4 in five years.

        This kind of fans are everywhere online advocating trying useless players who have been given multiple chances. Were Messi, Xavi and Iniesta given 100000 chances before we knew they were good for the first team.

        The standard of the team must not be lowered just to justify the academy is working.

        • Oleguer Presas

          Thanks kaso, i appreciate your words. I wish most Barcelona fans were like you.

          Unfortunately the majority of Barcelona fans are like Jordan Saf or Yaofengchen.

          Such fans are like cavemen refusing every kind of innovation or big changes. With such idiotic fans Barcelona will probably never keep up with Real Madrid again.
          And Penaldo will keep winning Ballon d’Ors which is a huge shame.

          • Jordan Saf

            Aren’t you guys cute.

  • mehedi

    Barca should sign only one player between dembele and coutinho. Moreover, they should not spend more than 80-90 millions for this signing. The must buy should be Serri from Nice. I look at the midfield of madrid and barca. It hurts me. Barca should also sign Inigo martinez . This three should not cost more than 160 million euros. Barca should use the rest of the money to sign griezman next year as he will be available for 100 million euros. I feel sorry for messi. Bad squad planning costed him more UCL glories than what he has now. He should have at least won one or two more UCLs if this Barca board was competent.

  • Ojo Eghosa Ezekiel

    I will prefer we sign Ousmane Dembele to replace Neymar, then Jean Michel Seri for the midfield role, and also Inigo Martinez to provide competition at Centre-back