Signings to the rescue for Barcelona

(L-R) Ajax's Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt, Ajax's Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Ajax's Dutch midfielder Dani de Wit take part in a training session at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on April 29, 2019, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Those who fill the offices at the Camp Nou are reflecting and working in silence since their European humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, as attentions are starting to turn to the summer and lists of potential arrivals are being drawn up.

There will be consequences for the Anfield capitulation and despite nothing being made known until after the Copa del Rey final, decisions are going to be made imminently.

Players will arrive, others will leave. While there is still a long time to go before things are finalised, names are being considered and even Antoine Griezmann’s name has reappeared.

The club already had plans to freshen things up, given the advancing ages of some of their players – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal are all over the age of 30. Other peripheral players, like Kevin-Prince Boateng, will be discarded.

No experiments

Frenkie de Jong will arrive and Matthijs de Ligt may follow in what are prime examples of what Barcelona are looking for. They want young talent with big futures, but from players who are already established and their ability has been proven enough for their signing to not be risky.

One area of priority is attack, where it is clear that goals are lacking. Luis Suarez delivers in LaLiga Santander, but he still comes up short in Europe and Messi needs help. As such, Griezmann’s arrival is again a possibility.

Untouchable

Messi, Suarez, Pique, Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen will go nowhere, but after that there is great flexibility. Philippe Coutinho is probably the most at-risk of the big names, while Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti could also leave if the price was right.

Whoever it is, players will have to leave as the Catalans need money to bring in new faces.