Barcelona need to be adding another proven number nine to their ranks following the “big loss” of Luis Suarez, says Luis Garcia, with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak billed as potential options to be explored.
The Blaugrana opted to part with Suarez in the wake of Ronald Koeman’s appointment as coach, with the Liga giants allowing a man who plundered 198 goals during his time at Camp Nou to link up with domestic rivals Atletico Madrid – where he has thrived.
Garcia feels the acquisition of another predatory finisher needs to become a top transfer priority for Barca, but it remains to be seen who they will target if funds are made available during a testing period for the club financially.
“The departure of Suarez was a big loss. I think Barcelona were in a bit of a mess with the chairman, the new coach arriving and the situation with Lionel Messi,” former Barca midfielder Garcia told Goal.
“I think the best way for Suarez was to find a way out and not to fight Barcelona. He did well there and of course Atletico Madrid were there waiting for him. Diego Costa was injured and they saw the chance to bring in Suarez.
“And look at where he is now, getting sharper every weekend and top scorer of La Liga. He is showing how much of a killer he is inside the area.
“I think it was a big blow for Barcelona as it’s difficult to find a centre-forward like him, especially with the pandemic and a lack of money. We saw it in the January transfer market and how there were not many big moves. And it is no different for Barcelona.
“Of course, there are a few strikers out there. We’ve got Haaland on top, a striker who is a different number nine to what Barcelona are used to. They have been playing Antoine Griezmann as a number nine and also Messi and Martin Braithwaite. But these are not forwards who are built for this kind of Barcelona. continue reading