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Valverde’s transfer strategy

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Ernesto Valverde has sent a clear message to his Barcelona bosses regarding the transfer market activity of the club.

The Spanish manager is enjoying a perfect start at Barcelona, his team having won 10 of the first 11 matches of the season in La Liga. Although it was repeatedly mentioned that the former manager of Athletic Bilbao is not a fan of big squads with many players, he would not refuse certain transfers.

According to Sport.es, Valverde informed his executives that he is only interested in bringing in players that can go straight into the first team. Therefore, Valverde and sports director Pep Segura will take a different approach than their predecessors.

When Luis Enrique was managing the team, he worked together with Robert Fernandez and their focus was on bringing players that would be happy with a rotation status in the team, in order not to create a tense relationship with the stars of the team. During their time at Camp Nou, Barcelona transferred players like Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer or Jasper Cillessen. From the player brought in that period, only Samuel Umtiti managed to establish himself as a first-team regular.

There is no doubt that Valverde’s decision has been influenced by the loss of Neymar to PSG. However, the Spanish manager is ready to challenge his existing players and bring in quality reinforcements to help the team evolve. Barcelona transferred three players last summer: Ousmane Dembele, Paulinho and Gerard Deulofeu. Dembele was brought in as a replacement solution for Neymar, but the French winger suffered an injury and is currently unavailable. Paulinho started to earn his place in the starting eleven of the team and is now preferred over Andre Gomes. Gerard Deulofeu was brought in because of the buy-back clause that Barcelona had in his contract and he has also featured in the first eleven after the injury of Dembele.