Barcelona’s attempts to bolster their already lethal attacking line have gathered pace, with Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi reportedly edging closer to making the switch to the Camp Nou.
The Argentina forward’s contract in the French capital runs out at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, and according to Sky Sport Italia, Lavezzi’s agent Alejandro Mazzoni met up with Barca sporting director Roberto Fernandez to mull over a free transfer—via Goal.
Where exactly he fits in at Barcelona will have fans scratching their heads, though.
It’s fair to say that no player in world football would get into Barcelona’s starting 11 ahead of the dynamic attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi right now. Would Cristiano Ronaldo even get a place in the team?
So, it’s a life on the substitutes' bench that would await Lavezzi if he headed for Catalonia. Manager Luis Enrique’s rotation policy could give the Argentinian a few chances in domestic cups and in Europe, yet he wouldn’t exactly be the first name on the teamsheet.
That much is difficult for any player to take. And as Goal reported, both Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen on landing the 30-year-old, who would likely offer a lot more regular first-team football back in Italy.
Besides, Lavezzi is still good enough to be starting for a top European side despite chances being few and far between for PSG. Here’s a reminder of what the forward can bring to the table:
It seems that Enrique and Co. will have to get to work quickly if they’re to land Lavezzi, too, as Mazzoni told Gazzetta TV that he’s in contact with two Serie A giants—via Football Italia:
Juventus and Inter? I’m in contact with their directors, I know them well but there’s no hurry. I’m in Rome at the moment, but there’s nothing new. It’s normal that a player like Lavezzi, out of contract in June, is attractive to many, there are a lot of clubs who are looking at him to understand the situation. A renewal with PSG? No, I don’t think so, but in football you never know. He has a contract with PSG until the end of the season, and he should see it out. Then we’ll see.
It’s true that Lavezzi is a, sort of, upgrade on the so far unconvincing back-up duo of Munir and Sandro, but unless first-team football is assured, the Argentinian may look away from the Camp Nou.
One player who reportedly would happily play the understudy role at Barcelona, however, is Alexandre Pato, per reports in Brazil, via Spanish outlet Marca.
The report stated that Pato would be prepared to act as a stand-in choice for one of Messi, Suarez or Neymar, and Barca are now said to be preparing a bid of €10-15 million to get the 26-year-old on their books.
Barcelona look destined for domestic and European glory this term, yet there are still a few holes in their squad that need to be plugged if such success is to continue.
Having a willing back-up to the club’s three striking amigos would be a great place to start for Fernandez and Enrique, and landing one of Pato or Lavezzi would certainly be good business.