With the defenders playing very badly this season, Barcelona leadership is planning to renovate this area next summer. Here are 5 suggestions for coach Quique Setien.
With 31 goals conceded, Barca is conceding more times than Atletico Madrid (21) and Real Madrid (19). There are many reasons why Barca is no longer too sure because Gerard Pique is getting older and more uncertain; Samuel Umtiti was injured and Ronald Araujo or Jean-Clair Todibo was too young to be in charge. Thus, only Clement Lenglet became Barca‘s most reliable center-back at this time.
Obviously, Barca needs to have an additional area for this summer if it wants to compete in the Champions League and maintain its dominance in La Liga. Here are 5 players that Barca should do everything to own.
#5 Nikola Milenkovic
A defensive product from the Partizan Belgrade academy, Nikola Milenkovic is an extremely promising defenders and has a strong development in Serie A in Fiorentina shirt. In less than 2 years at Fiorentina, this 22-year-old has made 84 impressive appearances in all competitions, showing that he has grown so dramatically at such a young age.
Milenkovic is considered to be a powerful defenders, agile, intelligent and not good at fighting. He was compared to compatriot midfielder Nemanja Vidic. But unlike Vidic, Milenkovic is very good at raising situations to support attacks with long passes or good ability to handle the ball in a narrow range. When needed, Milenkovic can play well as a right-back despite being 1m95 tall.
#4 Luiz Felipe
According to the Spanish press, Barca has been interested in Lazio defenders of Luiz Felipe during the whole of the 2019/20 season. Thanks to Felipe’s excellence in defense, Lazio has only lost 23 goals – at least Serie A this season. Thanks to that, Lazio is pursuing fiercely with Juventus in the race to the championship.
Although only 22 years old, Felipe played very confidently and was very good at organizing the defense. In addition, he possesses incredible technique, speed and power. The good news for Barca is that Felipe’s release fee is only 18 million euros but they need to hurry because there are many teams paying attention to this Brazilian player, including financially strong clubs like Juventus or PSG …
#3 Ruben Dias
Benfica’s defenders Ruben Dias has gained attention across Europe thanks to his outstanding performances in the Portuguese league. He is considered to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo’s captain in the national team thanks to his natural leadership and influence.
Dias – one of the heroes of Portugal to win the Nations League 2018 helped him come closer to leaving Benfica. Dias’s strong point is the ability to read the game well and very tactical. Besides, the handling of situations is always very smart and sometimes rich in strength.
Despite being a defender, Dias possesses the same technical background as the attacking stars. Besides, you should not let Dias height of 1m87. He looks so tall but possesses tremendous speed.
In addition, Dias’s condition is also something that makes Barca concerned because he is rarely injured. However, the biggest barrier is the contract release fee of up to £ 80 million. Therefore, if Barca really wants Dias, they also need to “release” players who are no longer needed to have more money to buy rookies.
#2 Dayot Upamecano
Only 21 years old, but Upamecano is an irreplaceable player at RB Leipzig and has been one of the best central defenders in the Bundesliga for the past few years. At the moment, he is an important card under coach Julian Nagelsman in the campaign for the 2019/20 Bundesliga championship with defending champion Bayern Munich.
Upamecano is smart, smart, skillful, good at the air, good at disputes and the ability to distribute the ball well.
Gerard Pique is old and Samuel Umtiti is injured, coach Quique Setien will need a player like Upamecano to refresh and create more certainty for the defense that is currently very loose and fragile today. The contract between Upamecano and RB Leipzig is still valid until 2021. Of course, to get Upamecano, Barca will have to spend a lot of money.
#1 Milan Skriniar
Milan Skriniar is considered one of the best defenders in football in the world today. He has attracted the attention of a number of leading European clubs thanks to the impressive performances at Inter Milan. According to the assessment, the Slovakian is the best and most reliable defender of Inter since joining this club in 2017.
Under the guidance of coach Luciano Spalletti, Skriniar has improved day by day. Now, Skriniar is still the mainstay of Inter’s three-man defense under Antonio Conte’s reign. Only 25 years old but Skriniar played mature, calm and tactical sense. Another strength of Skriniar is the ability to block the ball, read the situation, 1 vs 1, position awareness and aerial combat are impressive.
Besides, Skriniar is also capable of launching attacks with long passes with high accuracy. With a comprehensive midfielder like Skriniar, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola wants to bring him back to play with Laporte.
But according to assessment, Skriniar more suitable for Barca. Skriniar’s predisposition to play helps him be considered the perfect successor to Gerard Pique. The biggest problem of Barca and many teams in this deal is that Inter does not want to sell Skriniar.
Most likely, they will surely have to spend no less or maybe more than the 87 million euros that M.U used to buy Harry Maguire or 84.65 million euros that Liverpool spent to get Van Dijk.
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