Three forwards risk losing their way after Ferran Torres signs Barcelona
After suggestions of a transfer merry-go-round in January, Barcelona’s decision to pass as Manchester City forward Torres leaves a trio of attackers at risk of stagnation
As the January transfer window opens, a number of players are hoping that a change of scenery will allow them to return to the pitch and regain their best form.
A fresh start can often involve a top club desperate to revive their fortunes after a rough patch, which has made Barcelona an ideal destination for a trio of attackers in need of a movement.
The Catalan club have spent most of the season outside of La Liga’s top four and need to strengthen in attack following Lionel Messi’s summer exit, Sergio Aguero’s retirement and Martin Braithwaite’s knee surgery.
However, the arrival of Ferran Torres from Manchester City, along with ties to Juventus player Alvaro Morata, means that some of the big names in the Premier League linked to a change at Camp Nou may have to stay put.
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According to Marca, Xavi is keen to make Morata the focal point of his attack, although there are a few factors at play.
The negotiations are expected to involve both Juve and the forward’s parent club Atletico Madrid, with the Italian side apparently not ruling out a permanent transfer for the 29-year-old.
Barcelona are also expected to have to sell before they can buy, although this hurdle can be overcome if Philippe Coutinho’s Premier League ties result in an exit in January.
Either way, however, three Premier League men are looking further than ever on a move to Barcelona, and they now risk losing their way at the worst possible time.
Cavani reminded Manchester United of their importance in the Premier League’s draw with Newcastle United, coming off the bench to save a point for Ralf Rangnick’s side.
However, with a World Cup looming and Uruguay needing a fit striker to send them back to Qatar, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward has made noise to leave Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old is out of contract this summer, although he doesn’t think too far.
His lack of playing time will be worrying, however, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer arrival limiting his involvement to just two Premier League starts in the Red Devils’ opening 17 league games.
If a change from Barca does not materialize, a return to South America could end up being an option, with the Corinthians apparently interested.
However, a few more months of limited minutes in England would be the last thing he wanted.
Martial, like Cavani, fell victim to Manchester United’s summer spending.
The France international has started twice for the Blues this season, but his involvement with United has been patchy at best, leading him to abandon the national team.
Barcelona had been touted as one of the top potential destinations for the 26-year-old, who will be desperate to return to the international fold in the run-up to the World Cup after missing the 2018 tournament in Russia.
However, the move appears to be out of place at the moment, with Sevilla looking like the favorites, although United have pushed back an early approach.
Martial has a full month to find a new club, but failure to do so could leave him twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines.
Barring a dramatic redemption story, Aubameyang may have played his last game for Arsenal.
Such a revival is not out of the question, given his colleague Granit Xhaka’s arc, but the Gunners’ form without the ex-Borussia Dortmund man doesn’t suggest he will be missed.
Aubameyang has immediate international priorities, having linked up with the Gabonese squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, but some of his time in Cameroon could still be spent negotiating with potential suitors.
Barcelona lowered that list with the signing of Torres, but could Juventus take the reins if they lose Morata to the Catalan club?
Either way, Aubameyang and Arsenal will want to avoid a repeat of Mesut Ozil’s situation, with the 32-year-old being on contract until 2023 and not used to spending long periods out of the game. team.