The Hard Tackle takes a look at the latest transfer news surrounding struggling La Liga heavyweights Barcelona.
We are over a month into the 2021/22 season, and it looks like some of the pre-season predictions pertaining to several clubs are coming true. One such outfit are Barcelona, who have struggled to come out of the shadows of Lionel Messi and are a shell of the domineering unit they once were.
the Blaugrana have not lost any of their five La Liga games so far, only being beaten by Bayern Munich, as was widely expected. But they have now failed to win four of their last five games in all competitions, with this run including surprise draws Granada and Cadiz at the end of largely listless performances.
So, it is hardly surprising that there is a lot of speculation surrounding Barcelona, both from the perspective of transfers as well as the future of Ronald Koeman, who seems to be walking a tightrope. On top of that, the Catalan giants’ financial woes continue to become more well documented by the day.
In this feature, though, we will be focusing solely on the latest transfer happenings surrounding FC Barcelona and with that in mind, The Hard Tackle presents the transfer roundup for the club.
This is a rumour that would have been deemed to be unthinkable just a year ago. However, things can change rapidly when you are at a club that is as unstable as Barcelona. We are talking about Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with Barcelona not averse to the prospect of cashing in on him
report mentions that ter Stegen has suffered a dip in performance levels in the last couple of seasons, which is indeed true. However, the German international still remains a pivotal figure for Barcelona, and was once nearly as crucial as the great man Lionel Messi himself. In fact, it was only recently that ter Stegen proved to be the Blaugrana’s saving grace in the draw with Cadiz.
However, as it now turns out, Barcelona are open to offloading ter Stegen if an opportunity presents itself. It is hard to not wonder whether such a decision is a knockdown effect of the financial mess they are embroiled in, but it looks like the 29-year-old may well be on his way out of Camp Nou if things continue to go from bad to worse.
Barcelona are also trying to judge whether they can find an able replacement for ter Stegen, who will be itching to prove his worth now. However, it remains to be seen if after over half a decade of being a critical member of the first-team squad, ter Stegen ends up leaving Barcelona.