Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is Barcelona Transfer Roundup. We are going to discuss two players today in this Transfer Roundup article. We are going to talk about Samuel Umtiti and Juventus’s De Sciglio. There is some important discussion regarding both of these players. We need to discuss if Barcelona needs to sign De Sciglio and whether Umtiti should stay at Barcelona. A lot of good news and in-depth discussion is coming up so stay tuned and keep reading this article. We are also going to talk about updates on Quique Setien in another article today.
This is not the first time Barcelona is linked to De Sciglio. De Sciglio was also involved in the Arthur Melo transfer deal. Juventus wanted to include him in the deal to lower the price of Arthur Melo. However, he was left out later for unknown reasons. Now his name is popping up again in Barcelona radars. Barcelona was the first one to bid for the Juve full-back. Barca offered a fee of 10 million for the full-back. However, that deal did not last long and it is now declared that the deal is permanently off.
Furthermore, Barcelona is also considering if they really need to buy a full back. What I mean is that Barcelona has other areas which require more attention such as Center Back. We talked about Gerri in our previous article. We discussed how he is aging and it is hard for him to keep playing with the same fitness. Furthermore, Lenglet is not young as well and it is going to be soon enough that he gives up. I think Lenglet is going to retire earlier than Pique. However, that is a topic for later on. Let’s get back to the topic.
I do not think that Barcelona needs to sell Semedo at any cost. Nelson is a passionate and extremely talented player. He has elevated his rank within the Barca team due to his hard work and determination. Therefore, it is going to be nothing less than stupidity if we sell Semedo to bring in De Sciglio. I think Semedo is way better than Sciglio and Barcelona needs to consider him as a Barca future. The arrival of De Sciglio also depends if Junior Firpo stays. However, Junior Firpo is another discussion matter. I do not think we need Sciglio right now.
There are a lot of mixed views about Samuel Umtiti. However, I think that it is better if Umtiti leaves the club. There are multiple reasons for that. First of all, I think Umtiti is a burden to the club considering that our financial situation is not pretty great at the moment. Umtiti represented the Catalan badge in only 18 games in all competitions for the season. He did not impress overall. It has been a pretty bad season for the French Center Back because he had to deal with recurring injuries. Furthermore, he has also been unfit.
Italian team, Lazio is reportedly interested to sign Umtiti and bring him to Serie A. I think if this deal takes place, it is going to benefit Barca by a great deal. I am not going to talk about Lazio’s perspective if Umtiti is going to be beneficial for the club or not. However, I think Barcelona can really do something useful out of the transfer deal payment which comes from this deal.
However, there is one issue that Lazio is also undergoing a heavy financial crisis due to the corona out-break. Therefore, it can be a bit difficult for them.
Umtiti is probably going to go for about 20 to 25 million and this cost can be a burden for the Italian club. I think Barcelona can also agree to a loan deal because I think getting rid of the maximum useless players is really necessary at the moment. I mean no offense to any of my players, but we need to gather resources and spend it in areas that need our attention. Therefore, Barca can deal out Umtiti and try to bring in any stronger Center Back. I might sound biased but I am talking facts.
I think Barcelona desperately needs to sign defenders. However, a full-back must not be our top priority yet. If we need to replace a full back that is Jordi Alba and not Semedo or Firpo. I think Barca needs to work in order to bring a strong Center Back to the club. It is time that someone can replace Pique and he can rest which he deserves.
Anyway, this is it from the article guys. I hope you liked the content. Stay tuned for more Barcelona related news. Until the next time guys,
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