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Breaking down Barcelona’s poor recent transfer history

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As one of the best clubs in European football, FC Barcelona does have a very revealing negative stat about their transfer history from the last four seasons.

Now that FC Barcelona has completed Paco Alcacer’s loan to Borussia Dortmund, it’s impossible to not talk about the club’s poor recent transfer history that can be one of the biggest reasons why they haven’t competed in the last three Champions League editions. If the Catalan club wants to remain competitive, the first thing they needed was to know which players they can buy that will make a difference and transform the squad into a more competitive side with top-quality bench players like most of their competitors. Other giant clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munchen, Atletico Madrid, and even Manchester City, have planned their squads in a way that all their players get minutes and they stay as a constant threat to their rivals. But something has gone wrong with Barcelona’s signings since the 2014-2015 season because about half of the players they bought since haven’t worked and no longer play for the Catalan club. Let’s break this transfer history down for you to understand a little bit better why Barcelona hasn’t remained at the top.

2014-2015 season.

That season was a year before the ban from UEFA started and the club needed to get as many competitive players as possible before they weren’t able to sign anyone, this might be the year in which they made the best purchases for the future. Barcelona bought a sanctioned Luis Suarez who started playing right after his punishment ended, they also bought Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla, Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, and Thomas Vermaelen. But the club also bought French defender Jeremy Mathieu who decreased his level during the three seasons he remained at the club, Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who wasn’t able to compete against Ter-Stegen, and finally Brazilian Douglas who was one of Andoni Zubizarreta’s biggest mistakes during his time as the club’s sporting director. Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen also remains at the club but he can be considered a failed transfer as well because his performances have been way below average.

2015-2016 season.

During the year of the ban in which Barcelona wasn’t able to make any movements, they only managed to get two layers before they got punished. The first one was Turkish midfielder Arda Turan who never performed at the same level he did for Atletico Madrid, the other one was Aleix Vidal who also became one of the club’s biggest disappointments and today he is back in Sevilla FC where he feels more comfortable.

2016-2017 season.

A year after the ban, FC Barcelona bought several players that they believed were all going to work for the club’s future. However, so far only Samuel Umtiti has delivered the goods during his time at the Blaugrana club. The other players are Kasper Cillessen and Denis Suarez who are still in the club but they rarely ever play, and they also bought Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, and Paco Alcacer. The French and the Portuguese players both left this summer to play for Everton, whereas the Spaniard just signed his loan contract with Borussia Dortmund, none of them were able to deliver what was expected from them.

2017-2018 season.

We finally get to the last tournament, where the club saw how Neymar shockingly left the institution and the money he brought in was to buy two specific players. Both Philipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele appear to have been good investments, Portuguese full-back Semedo also has a secure spot in the squad. But this isn’t a proper transfer summer if the club doesn’t make some bad investments, last year the Catalan club bought four players who are no longer in the institution. First they bought Brazilian Paulinho who actually had a surprisingly good season but he went back to China seeking for a better contract, then we have Gerard Deulofeu who is one of the many La Masia flops who never worked and finally left for good this summer, we also have Brazilian Marlon who didn’t even get to play, and finally Colombian defender Yerry Mina who is a top player but the club’s intention was never to keep him for some strange reason.

On this new season that is about to begin, FC Barcelona has brought Arthur Melo, Malcom, Lenglet, and Arturo Vidal. We will have to wait and see if these transfers work or not, but there is something that the sporting department has been doing wrong for many years now and the club doesn’t seem to have the wisdom to fix it. We believe that it’s more of a board of directors issue rather than directly having anything to do with the Sporting Director of the institution.


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