However, Stuani’s rather expensive £21 million release clause could convince be a drag in Barcelona’s pursuit of the ageing Girona star. As a result, they need already identified two potential alternatives in Rafael Leao and Gabriel Barbosa.
In that case, Barcelona will definitely rue missing out on signing Stuani last year, when he was reportedly available for just £6 million. The Girona star could have provided them with the perfect depth within the attacking department, mainly because of his years of experience at the very best level of football.
Indeed. Stuani may be a well-travelled forward, having played for Albacete, Espanyol, Levante and Middlesbrough before moving to Girona in 2017. The 33-year-old has been in fine form since returning to Spain, notably scoring 21 league goals during his debut season for his new club. He followed that up with another impressive campaign in 2018/19, finding the rear of internet 19 times.
Hardened by years of experience at the very best of football, Stuani’s maturity and commitment could ideally add a special dimension in Barcelona’s offensive unit.
That being said, it’s time the Spanish giants look ahead to the longer term . Two of their main strikers in Lionel Messi and Suarez are already within the final phase of their respective careers, with the latter suffering with a number of fitness problems within the past few seasons.
Hence, Barcelona needs youthful exuberance in their attacking unit – someone who can’t only provide an opportunity for the longer term but also improve the general quality of the side. That’s where, one would argue, alternatives like Leao and Barbosa could inherit the fray.
Both the players have shown exceptional promise in recent years. But, at an equivalent time, Barca should sign a more well-established individual than Leao while Gabrigol’s failures in Europe raises doubts over his capability of performing in Spain.
Another player Barcelona could potentially target, as an instantaneous replacement for the injured Suarez is former striker Paco Alcacer. the present Borussia Dortmund is facing an uncertain future at the club following the arrival of Erling Haaland and wouldn’t likely mind a return to Catalonia.
Source : thehardtackle.com