Barcelona are diversifying the options for the replacement for Munir
Barcelona are intensifying the search for a replacement for Munir, after his move to Sevilla. While the competitive spirit of Luis Suárez can take the club a long way this season, it will not ensure the treble. There are many more games to go, and Suárez cannot play in all of them.
Éric Abidal has mostly looked at experienced players like Cristhian Stuani. But the club is now looking at some younger options too, apart from Álvaro Morata, who is close to joining Atlético Madrid on loan. The two new players in the shortlist are Michy Batshuayi and Antonio Sanabria.
Sanabria has a history at Barcelona. He moved to La Masia from Catalan club La Blanca Subur’s youth academy, and spent four years there before getting called up to Barça B. In a a total of 13 appearances, he scored 7 goals at the Mini Estadi.
The 22-year old centre-forward had short spells at Sassuolo and Roma in Serie A before moving to Sporting Gijón on loan. Subsequently, Sanabria joined Real Betis, and continues to play there now. He has a lot of experience in Spain, scoring 26 goals in 87 appearances.
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While he has not been the most prolific striker in the La Liga in recent history, he is a very good and reliable player. Sanabria is a good finisher, is strong in the air and helps out with the defence when needed. He is a decent backup to have for any team in the league.
Michy Batshuayi has returned to Chelsea after a failed loan spell at Valencia, where he could manage to score just 3 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions. But despite that poor record in Spain, Batshuayi was very impressive for Borussia Dortmund when he was at loan there.
He scored 9 goals in 14 appearances for Dortmund. His record in Ligue 1 with Marseille is also very impressive. But having failed to perform in two of Europe’s most competitive leagues, the Premier League and the La Liga, effectively removes him as a decent option.
So, while Morata and Stuani remain the best options available to Barcelona, Sanabria can also be considered while Batshuayi should be a last resort.