The good news for Barcelona supporters therefore seems to have no end.
Although a contract has not yet been formally finalized, all signs indicate that Robert Lewandowski will shortly sign a three-year contract with the Blaugranes.
It’s yet another victory for Joan Laporta and his board following the signing of Raphinha and the renewal of Ousmane Dembele.
The Polish hitman will offer Barca some genuine presence in the penalty area despite his advanced years and sharpness.
Culers should definitely be happy about this deal, but it does provide Xavi a small dilemma.
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Raphinha and Lewandowski are unlikely to have joined to serve as backups, while Dembele was already a mainstay under Xavi.
It’s probably not too far off to infer that the trio would be Xavi’s preferred front three.
It puts Xavi in a precarious position considering how he handles a potential immediate issue of benching Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres, unless he is bent on rotating.
However, it was indicated more than once last season that through the middle would probably be Ferran’s favourite position. The latter still has much to prove and some time away from the firing line may be of long-term benefit.
With the two veterans ahead of him, he will just stop playing there for a while.
Auba, along with Dembele, was undoubtedly one of the best players last season, and he would have every right to feel a little betrayed if he were to be passed over.
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We still haven’t taken into account Ansu Fati, the golden boy of Barcelona, or Memphis Depay, should he still be employed at Camp Nou at the start of the 2022–23 season.
Martin Braithwaite might as well get his things together and leave right away. The Dane is unlikely to play in next game for the first team barring an extreme injury catastrophe.
Despite all the improvements in the offensive, the defense is once more receiving little attention.
One can only hope that whoever Mateu Alemany and Joan Laporta are interested in signing next—the rumor mill is convinced it’s Jules Kounde—will be a player who can strengthen the backline and provide much-needed possession stability.
Since not many teams will be able to live with them if the club can also reach that type of goal, Xavi will be able to ignore any internal conflicts.