One of the places where Barcelona are still a bit weak at the moment is their defense. This is a crucial area of the game and the young defenders, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, and Eric Garcia have not acquired the required chemistry to keep clean sheets after clean sheets. They have already conceded twelve goals in the league and have also conceded quite a lot in the UEFA Champions League, including three against Bayern Munich and Benfica. This stat is certainly alarming and even though they have a mentor like Gerard Pique, it seems like a more experienced defender could do wonders at the club.
Joan Laporta had mentioned before that he would like to get a center-back and now that Garcia is not living up to expectations, he could be looking at other options. Right now it is hard for the Catalans to focus on any transfers since their debt is still very high; however, the lack of money does not take away their symbol and status. Many players in the world still believe that Barcelona and Real Madrid are the best clubs in world football and they would always go to those clubs if an option was given.
According to an Italian journalist, Valter De Maggio, current Napoli center-back and captain, Kalidou Koulibaly, has told him that he would only leave Napoli for three clubs in the world. Those three clubs are Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. In a radio show based in Napoli, the Italian journalist alleged that Koulibaly told him,
"“If I decided to leave Napoli, I would only do it for two, maximum three clubs in the world. I’m talking about [Pep] Guardiola’s Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, at the most.”Source Sport Witness"
While this seems to be good news for the Catalans, the main issue is still the lack of funds. The club is hoping for new modes of revenue to show up soon and the new stadium will also bring in more money. However, as of now, the club is not in a state to make more signings and they should instead look to sell dead weights such as Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann.
Should Barca look to sign Koulibaly?