Barcelona President Confident
Laporta said the goal of this winter’s transfer market.
“Barcelona will try to recruit a new midfielder as a replacement for Gavi in the January transfer market,” British media “Goal” reported on the 19th.
Gabi is a central midfielder but has an aggressive tendency that even offensive midfielders and wingers can play. He is from La Masia, with outstanding techniques and excellent soccer intelligence, he has excellent ability to break down pressure from opponents with high levels of ballkeeping and forward dribbling.
Debuting professionally at the age of 17 in 2021, he played 34 league appearances (28 starts) and played a total of 3,158 minutes for the season, and was abused as much as last season’s Pedri. He couldn’t lose more and more because he has irreplaceable skills.
Gabi, who also played a key role last season, inherited Xavi’s iconic No. 6 number and won the U-21 Ballon d’Or, the Remon Copa Trophy at the 2022 Ballon d’Or, beating prominent candidates such as Eduardo Camavinga, Jamal Musiala, and Jude Bellingham. He also won the Golden Boy award, showing why he is a top prospect.
This season, Gabi suffered a serious injury when he was in need of management, as he was already being overworked, playing 1,172 minutes over 15 matches for Barca. With no opponents around, Gabi was awkwardly seen kneeling and landing. Gabi was replaced soon after 26 minutes, and tears welled up the moment he exited.
Ultimately, Gabi’s examination revealed a complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and injury related to the external meniscus. Gabi immediately went into surgery and is now reportedly recovering.
There were reports that Barcelona could not afford to sign a new midfielder, but Laporta said he would pursue the same loan offer as Edgar Davids from Juventus in the second half of the 2003/04 season.
In an interview with EFE news agency, he said, “If we can play fair [with Lariga], our goal is to recruit another midfielder who can fill Gabi’s gap. For example, it will be a way of renting until the end of the season, like when Edgar recruited Davids a few years ago. I think we can make room for some of the deals we are promoting before the end of the year.”
Barcelona has struggled to sign new players in the recent transfer market due to financial problems, and La Liga’s wage budget has also been cut. Still, Barcelona is set to sign 18-year-old striker Vitor Hocki in January with a 35 million euro (W49.7 billion) down payment and additional options. 스포츠토토