With Carles Puyol announcing he is to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, the Catalans face the already tough situation of finding someone who can replace the Spaniard.
Even a blind man could see that he couldn't really keep up with the new set of forwards that are currently in the game. Since last season, Barcelona has been on the hunt for a solid defender and until the time, PSG’s captain, Thiago Silva was being tipped to be in the Barcelona stripes for this season but that never really panned out.
For next season, more options will be considered rather than having your eggs in one basket situation like last summer and even though they have Bartra and Mascherano, suitable candidates might I add, but Bartra isn't really that strong on the ball when defending and Mascherano, isn’t a true centre-back but a defensive midfielder and is really just filling in and often times makes rash challenges that lead to a foul if he were in midfield but are causing penalties as a centre-back.
Now over the past couple months, names have been thrown into the ring after noticing that no matter how much Barcelona scores they always have to concede at least one goal per game. Fine, maybe the keeper should be blamed and replaced but he isn’t the only weak link in the team. So seeing as we’re about to bring in a new goal keeper, we should bring new defenders.
The names that have been often tossed around are Mats Hummels, Daniel Agger, David Luiz and Sevilla’s Federico Fazio.
Silva is being spoken of but only in hushed tone now because let’s face it, why would he leave PSG where they are having a great year of success and he is the captain and still in the Champions League with the third best player, the acrobatic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
And although I would really want to see Varane starting at the Camp Nou rather than our El Clasico rival’s Bernabeu, not many fans would want the move solely out of tradition.
So to speak about the four, each of which seems likely but you can really see one head and shoulders above the others in the form of Fazio.
Fazio has had a great season at Sevilla and has been proving himself over the years of being able to move to the club in the summer. Even his former team member, Perroti, said that he would make a good addition to the side.
With the others, as great as they may be, I scarcely see, Mourinho letting David Luiz go without a great fight, Agger may not be on Rodgers’ top defenders list right now but I doubt that he’ll want to let him go.
Hummels is another likely option but we would be set to face many difficulties to get this deal done in time, whether it be by, fighting other teams, one of which could be Manchester United who are completely desperate for defenders as Vidic will be leaving in the summer and the futures of Ferdinand and Evra are undecided, or by getting snubbed by Klopp as he may want to hold on firmly to his defender as he would really hate to see both Lewandowski and Hummels leave at the same time.
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