Barcelona strengthen defense0
Catalan Barcelona has purchased right defender of the Brazilian Atletico Mineiro Emerson for the next season. The player is 20 years old and he will join Blaugranas on the 1st of July this year in the summer transfer window.
After Dani Alves’ departure Barcelona couldn’t find him a decent replacement. Semedo, Sergi Roberto and others did not meet the managerial expectations; therefore the management went on the beaten path and purchased the Brazilian full-back.
Unlike Alves, who Spent five years at Sevilla before the transfer to Camp Nou, Emerson is only 20 years old and he is only spending his second season in the grown-up football. The Ponte Preta product was bought by Atletico Mineiro last summer, in the squad of which the defender has spent 23 matches this season, has scored one goal and has made one assist.
The sum of the transfer according to the club’s official information is 12 million euros. The contract with the Brazilian is signed until the summer of 2024 and the salary will remain a secret. Apart from Barcelona, a number of other clubs were also interested in Emerson, amongst which Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and even Shakhtar Donetsk are being named. However, the played decided to take the most difficult path.
There are Coutinho, Arthur, Malcom, Rafinha in Barcelona; therefore it will definitely not be boring for the footballer. And knowing the character of the players from the country of Copacabana beaches and carvivals, it is important for them. Apart from that, Barcelona know how to raise footballers. So it was with Messi, Neymar or Dembele, who recently often broke discipline and slandered teammates.
The strengthening of defense is an important part for Barcelona, which this season often leaves the pitch with conceded goals. Lenglet and Pique do not return after attacks and Umtiti alone is not enough to keep up everywhere and clean up partners’ mistakes. Therefore, Blaugranas move in the right direction and the leadership in the championship is another proof of that, but as we know, there is no limit for perfection.