It’s a new day in Barcelona. Another crisis averted. Opportunities abound.
With 700 million euros expected to be on the club’s way soon, the president has taken a step to give his club a new lease of life.
But let’s be clear, it comes at a cost. If Joan Laporta doesn’t make Barcelona one of the greats again and soon, the consequences of selling a lot of his merchandising and TV rights will be down.
It’s a short-term gamble that most would agree it was necessary. In fact, Barcelona is downplaying its reputation as collateral, and expect those in charge to make all the right moves with the treasure at their disposal.
Many names are being thrown in the mill of rumours. Sure, signing Robert Lewandowski would be a flex, providing a goal-scoring threat to an assassin.
The backline is in dire need of an upgrade, and redirecting Jules Condé from London to Barcelona, and pairing him with Ronald Araujo, would be a statement to all of Europe that the new Barcelona is here and that it is prioritizing defense this time.
But the name of Frankie de Jong is on everyone’s mind.
Now that we’ve moved away from another existential financial cliff, what does this mean for the future of the Dutchman?
Xavi and the club have been opaque with their opinions about the player, so let’s try to understand the situation as best as possible.
We believe Xavi rates Frankie.
Even though Frankie’s playing time was reduced in the spring, with him no longer a shoo-in starter, and being replaced at specific times in important games, the manager assured the public that there was anything to read. was not.
With Gavi emerging, it was easy to take her at her word.
But the discerning Barcelona observer suspected there was more to the story.
It became clear that Xavi counted Sergio Busquets at the top, even with the Spaniard in the twilight of his Blagrana career.
It’s no secret that Frankie never reached the height everyone expected. It is also no secret that the midfield was never built around him the way he has always been for the Busquets.
And yet, Frankie contributed whatever he could about his business. Sure, his performance wasn’t always consistent, but during key parts, and in big moments, in different roles, he found a way to make an impact.
That is why its market value remains so high. Anyone who knows the sport knows that Frankie is a footballer’s footballer with a big roof.
If Barcelona couldn’t make it work, maybe it was their own fault?
With Frankie at the top of his career, this is a player Manchester United are looking to build around their midfield. This is a player who, as incredible as it may sound, can take Manchester City to even greater heights. Can you imagine pairing her with Kevin De Bruyne?
So the question has nothing to do with money anymore.
The question is for Xavi to answer. do you want it or not? Do you see him leading your team in the future? Because if he stays, he’s one of your most experienced guys, and maybe even captain one day.
Should you be flexible enough to change your formation, pair Frankie with Frank Casey, using some version of double pivot, and experiment to see how it compares to a midfield. Where does Busquets play a role alone?
One thing is certain, Barcelona need a defensive midfield for the foreseeable future, and to my knowledge there are very few acceptable substitutes that would not come at a prohibitive cost.
The solution may be right under your nose.
One way or another, now there is nothing to hide behind.
Frankie wants to stay.
Famous clubs are inclined to swoon.
But what does Xavi really want?
We are about to see.