Pique has been a player that represents F.C Barcelona values throughout the years.
The Spaniard has won everything with his club and level but apparently, his time at the highest level is coming to an end.
Pique has been in the eye of the storm these last weeks for its poor performance. Names to replace him have been pronounced. Let’s talk a little bit more about these players.
The Dutchman player is the favorite to join Barcelona. The 19-year-old is the captain of Ajax, a historical team of world soccer. An absolute beast, he has incredible ball control and he is amazing in the air. A natural leader. He is a quick player regardless of his height. De Ligt is a highly promising young defender who has impressed at Ajax and the Spanish club for sure. His contract expires in 2021. His price should be around €50 million. A player for the present and the future for sure.
Frenkie De Jong, just like his teammate, is on numerous European team’s radar. Clubs like Manchester United and Juventus are interested. De Jong is a player that can play in multiple positions in the midfield area and also in defense. Reports informed that this past summer, Barcelona were willing to pay around €50 million to €70 million but negotiations didn’t take place. He recently debuted with the Netherlands national team and he impressed with his capacity to control the midfield. Another name to add on the list.
The man born in Senegal is the most experienced of the two Dutchmen. Bruno Satin, former agent of the player, told Radio CRC (h/t Football Italia) this:
“Are Barcelona interested in Koulibaly? Everyone saw how good he was on Wednesday. Kalidou can play for any team in the world, be it Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. He recently renewed his contract, but we’re seeing that Pique isn’t going through a good spell at Barcelona”.
“Does [Barcelona scout Ariedo Braida] like Koulibaly? Yes, for sure. We talked about him on Wednesday at the San Paolo. After that, there are other factors that need to be addressed.”
Koulibaly can bring a lot to the Blaugrana, he is similar to Pique in a lot of aspects. He is solid in the back, quick and also his aerial threat helps his teammates. In the summer transfer window, Laurentis, president of Napoli, informed that an English team offered €100 million that he kindly refused. The pricing can be an obstacle in obtaining the services of this player. He is linked to the Italian side until 2023.
In conclusion, Barcelona should be looking for a replacement soon. Prices will go up but we don’t know how much they will be willing to spend.