Barcelona managed to get three new players in the transfer window this time. Ferran Torres from Manchester City, Adama Traore from Wolves and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal. On top of that, the team also had to officially register Dani Alves in the Europa League as well however, this will not be the case since the competition only allows the registration of three new players after the group stage. Barca will need to make a choice on who they will leave out and considering the fact that all the players that they have brought in are extremely crucial, it will be a tough decision for them to make.
Alves would have been the most obvious option to leave out however, Xavi Hernandez has made it very clear that Alves is his preferred right-back and Sergino Dest will not be in his plans anytime soon. The 38-year-old continues to impress although he has some problems in keeping up with the speedy youngsters. Torres was Xavi’s first choice for a long time and now that he has managed to secure the player, he will be registered for sure. Aubameyang and Traore remain as the ones who can potentially be left out of the European competition.
While Traore will provide a lot of speed and open up a new form of attacking for the club, the Gabonese player will also play an important role as a born finisher. The former Arsenal man is one of the most lethal finishers in the world and even though he is a bit of a controversial character, he is still one of the best in the world and his finishing skills are exactly what the Catalans need right now. Thus, although they registered four players in La Liga, Xavi will have to make one of his new arrivals miss out on the European competitions with official reports revealing Dani Alves is to be the one shut out.
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