FC Barcelona Nine forwards since 2015
L autaro Martnez is Barcelona's great target for the next market. The conversations are already well advanced. The club has had the striker's s for a long time and is now seeking an agreement with Inter Milan. The Italians are aware that the footballer is leaving Meazza in the summer and now they are looking for the best financial deal. They cling to the price of their termination clause amounting to 111 million in an operation in which other footballers will enter.
The price is very high and more in the current economic context created by the coronavirus pandemic will prevent large transfers from being made in the next market. But Lautaro will be. Barcelona have been looking for a goal scorer who is at the height of Messi and Surez footballers who have been the team's offensive reference. The sports management has brought in nine forwards but none has performed as expected.
The last major attacker to arrive was Luis Surez for which 81 million euros were paid in 2014. A figure that seemed exorbitant, also the Uruguayan came from his incident and sanction for the bite at the World Cup in Brazil, but with the passage of Years can be considered even cheap when compared to player performance.
Surez has spent six seasons at the club in which he has played 270 games and has scored 191 goals . It comes out at an average of 0.7 goals per game, a figure that is within the reach of very few forwards. The investment made in the charra has been extremely profitable.
The same cannot be said for subsequent operations. The club has spent a lot of money to complement the lead, but the vast majority of players have turned into outright failures. The first of these was Arda Turan . In 2015, 36 million euros were paid for a footballer who did not perform as expected. The club has continued dragging the signing until the beginning of this same season in which it was rumored that he could return to the Camp Nou because he had run out of a team. Turan's was a strange operation, like Malcom's or Boateng's. There were two players who contributed very little to the team, but, at least, they were not an economic drag on the club. With Malcom they earned 8 million and with the German the cost was zero since it was a transfer.
Coutinho and Dembl were the signings most expensive in the history of the club at the time. They cost 225 million fixed, in addition to some relatively easy to get variables. Its performance has been disappointing. So much so, that the Brazilian has been on loan this season in Munich, while the French have spent more time injured than on the pitch.
A special case is that of Griezmann. The club spent $ 120 million on a striker who had not posted bad numbers in his first year although much more was expected of him. It is necessary to see how it progresses in the coming years to make a definitive assessment.