FC Barcelona has been in turmoil on and off the field. On the pitch, the club had a terrible start to their campaign last season when they languished 13th in the La Liga table after the first few match days. Barcelona had to sack their then-coach, Ronald Koeman, and club legend Xavi Hernandez was roped in. Since Xavi’s arrival, things have started to take a positive turn at the club. The club finished in 2nd place in the La Liga by the end of the last season. The dressing room, which was reported to be an unhappy place, turned happy and started performing as one complete unit.
But Barcelona’s problems were not just on the field, they were off the field too. Their biggest hurdle off the field is their delicate financial situation. Barca is trapped in a big debt trap and management is trying its best to resolve it. Last month, they announced a big sponsorship deal with Spotify, which provided them with some relief.
Now that the transfer window is wide open and clubs can sign new players to reinforce their teams, Barcelona is actively looking out for signings. But yet again, due to the La Liga restrictions in place, Barcelona cannot sign a player unless they offload some of their existing players and generate some much-needed revenue. The easiest way to do so is by selling a player, Franke De Jong. Barcelona is actively trying to sell De Jong to Manchester United for 65 million, and the transfer saga is ongoing.
Now here, let’s look into players who can replace Frenkie de Jong if he leaves FC Barcelona.
1. Carlos Soler
The Valencia midfielder could be a perfect option to replace De Jong in that Barca midfield. The 25-year-old has been in excellent form for Valencia. Soler is a creative midfielder who can also drive the ball in and can take those darting runs into the box, creating an additional option for the team inside the box. Carlos Soler might not be that expensive, and Barcelona might get him for under 30 million.