Barcelona want to sign a central midfielder and a striker in the January transfer window

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2023-09-04 22:57:54  • 3 mins

Despite the huge effort that Barcelona put into the summer transfer window to bring in all the necessary reinforcements, and under very difficult financial constraints, it is still clear that the team have certain holes that need to be filled sooner rather than later.

There are, specifically, a couple of positions in the squad that do not have replacements: a defensive pivot and a striker.

Who can replace Oriol Romeu in midfield?

As for the midfield, Baras plan was disrupted once Sergio Busquets left the club to go to Inter Miami. Xavi was convinced that the player was staying in Spain for another year but his departure came as something of a shock to the sporting plans. Also, the targets for the hole left by Busi were not easy ones: Zubimendi and Kimmich were long shots, leaving Oriol Romeu as the low cost option that Xavi, after months of meditation, eventually decided upon.

As well as this, Eric Garcas last-minute move away from Barcelona meant that the number two option for the pivot role was suddenly gone and that left Frenkie De Jong - the MVP against Osasuna - as the only option for the role of substitute when needed. Every time Romeu has left the pitch is has been Frenkie who has left his position to drop back down and fill in. The Dutch midfielder may be, as the name suggests, a midfielder, but he is not a full-time pivot and constantly playing him there could lead to problems in the long run.

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