FC Barcelona: 3 forwards Barcelona could target this summer
- If the Blaugrana want to compete for something more than LaLiga and Supercopa de Espana, they should sign a proven centre-forward first.
Despite winning another LaLiga title, FC Barcelona finished a chaotic season under Ernesto Valverde. Messi and Co. failed again to qualify for the Champions League final, showcasing their defensive frailties against Liverpool in the second leg of the prestigious Champions League semi-final night at Anfield Stadium.
The fans felt another shock as the Catalonians let go of the chance to keep the Copa del Rey in their trophy cabinet. Barcelona suffered at the hands of Valencia, on a night when Valverde had to start a team without a traditional centre-forward.
Barca's No.1 striker, Luis Suarez, missed the match due to his knee surgery and Valverde kept his faith on Lionel Messi. Despite the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and Ivan Rakitic around, Messi could not dominate the Valencia defence. If Barca had come out with a proper centre-forward in the absence of Luis Suarez, we might have seen a different scoreline.
Last season, Suarez scored 25 goals and provided seven assists from 33 LaLiga appearances with an average of 62% shooting accuracy. Suarez, 32, may have played his last season as Barca's top #9.
If the Blaugrana want to compete for something more than LaLiga and Supercopa de Espana, they should sign a proven striker first. Here, we are going to see three players whom Barcelona could target during the summer transfer window.
#3 Alexandre Lacazette
If Barca want to bring a proven striker, Alexandre Lacazette could be an option. After his successful spell at Lyon, Lacazette joined Arsenal in 2017. Though his first season with the Gunners was an average one, he proved his class last season, scoring 13 goals and providing eight assists from 35 Premier League appearances.
Lacazette is a clever runner and can finish the game by his own abilities. Though he averaged only 48% shooting accuracy last season, Lacazette was an integral part of Unai Emery's offence in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old Frenchman could destroy any defensive line if he pairs up with Lionel Messi at the heart of Barcelona's attack. As per a few reports, Barcelona are monitoring the forward. Lacazette's addition to Barca's squad will surely boost up their offensive stability.