The problems with Barcelona’s recruitment don’t just revolve around who they did buy but also who they didn’t.
In summer 2019, the La Liga giants blew £108 million on Antoine Griezmann without planning how they were going to shoehorn the Atletico Madrid talisman into an already star-studded front line featuring Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Norberto Neto, meanwhile, became one of European football’s most expensive back-up goalkeepers at a staggering £23 million, while Junior Firpo, after swapping Betis for Barca, would join Leeds United for £5 million less than the Kings of Catalonia paid for him two years earlier.
Perhaps the biggest mistake Barcelona made that summer, however, didn’t concern a World Cup-winning superstar or a left-back who started just 16 league games in two seasons at Camp Nou.
According to El Mundo Deportivo, Blaugrana legend Patrick Kluivert was practically begging Barcelona to sign a little-known teenager plying his trade with FC Liefering in the second tier of Austrian football.
The five-time European champions weren’t convinced at the prospect of spending £7 million on a 17-year-old, however, and Kluivert’s claims went unanswered.
Liverpool could pounce where Barcelona feared to tread by signing Karim Adeyemi
Two years on and Adeyemi is one of the hottest prospects in European football, following in the free-scoring footsteps of Erling Haaland at the feted finishing school that is Red Bull Salzburg.
This season, Adeyemi has scored 11 goals in 16 games, shone in the Champions League and became the youngest goalscorer for the German national team since Mario Gotze a decade ago.
And look who’s come calling.
According to BILD, Bayern Munich and Premier League giants Liverpool are watching Adeyemi closely. As are, if you can believe it, Barcelona.
“I told you so!” cries Kluivert, his Amsterdam accent thick with mirthful justification.
And, as you may have heard, there are little more than cobwebs filling the Barcelona coffers these days. If they can’t afford the £10 million required to relieve head coach Ronald Koeman of his duties – as the Daily Mail suggests – they certainly can’t afford the £20 million-plus needed to snap up one of the continent’s best up-and-coming talents.
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