Of course, the board that is now being criticized for the Aleix Vidal transfer and the current negotiations are the same people who criticized Laporta for signing David Villa at the end of his presidency in 2010. Again, one’s judgment is often colored by one’s sympathies. At the moment of writing the Managing Committee is reported to have reached an agreement with all parties involved but will wait for the incoming president to sign off on the deal. I see this as a slick way of avoiding to give Bartomeu’s opponents the ammunition that a risky signing would provide while at the same time providing the voters an unexpected carrot, albeit one with a beard. For all we know, there isn’t any deal to begin with. After all, according to the carrot and its agent, F.C. Barcelona hasn’t shopped in their market stall.
It’s easy to agree that Arda Turan would improve our squad. That much is clear. But would that make him a good signing? Xavi has left. That leaves only three players, Iniesta, fifa 16 accounts Rakitic and Rafinha for two midfield slots*. Iniesta and Rakitic were starters in the gala line-up for all big matches in the business end of the treble season. However, 31-year old Andrés will need to be replaced eventually and it is better not to wait until he is 34. Rakitic, despite all his qualities, is not a player an elite club should build their midfield around.
To many followers, the answer is Paul Pogba. It’s certainly an opinion I share and, if Bartomeu and Laporta are to be believed (a big IF), the next president of the club will sign the Frenchman for 2016. While it is obvious that three midfielders for two slots is insufficient, five midfielders for those same two slots are too many. I’m not sure it make sense to buy a big name to compete for a position for half a season – remember that Turan would not be able to play until January – only for Iniesta’s replacement to arrive next summer. We would then be left to find minutes for four midfielders who are accustomed to start important games and one whose growth will be completely stunted.
While the colchonero is definitely the better player right now, it’s worth asking ourselves whether a 22-year old Arda Turan was as good as our 22-year old Rafinha. Unlike his brother, the Brazilian wants nothing more than to succeed at the club that raised him. He might never become a star, but he has certainly shown signs of promise and he is still young enough to give him plenty of time to improve. F.C. Barcelona takes great pride in the Masía. What does it mean if we deny a talented kid from our own academy who is dedicated to our colors the chance to consolidate himself as a squad player? http://myfifashop.mobi/