FC Barcelona Set to Shop From Arsenal Again to Strengthen Their Defense

Published 04/13/2022, 4:26 PM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 20: Ferran Torres (19) of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish football league, La Liga match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu on March 20, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

FC Barcelona have enjoyed a season full of defiance and grit. The club were struggling in ninth place in the league before they finally sacked their manager Ronald Koeman and appointed former club legend Xavi to take the reigns and get the club back to its glory days.

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Xavi did a fantastic job, with the pinnacle of their dominance coming in their 4-0 El Clasico win over Real Madrid. Karim Benzema did not play in the match, but the victory was still a huge boost to the confidence of this young Barcelona squad.

Club president Joan Laporta has done a fantastic job in the transfer market, signing the likes of Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The duo has both recorded a return of over 10 goal contributions since their arrival at the club, and the El Clasico was defined by Aubameyang’s goals.

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FC Barcelona are looking at Arsenal defender Gabriel

However, the club is looking to strengthen its defensive unit next season. French duo Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti have been at the club for a long time, but have failed to cement their place in the squad. As a result, Barca are looking at several defenders to help Xavi challenge for bigger trophies.

A move for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen seems like a done deal, according to Fabrizio Romano, but the club isn’t stopping there. According to a report from ESPN, Barca are currently looking at Arsenal defender, Gabriel Magalhaes.

Gabriel has been incredibly solid at the heart of the Arsenal defense, and a move to Barcelona would be incredibly hard to resist for the Brazilian.

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What the future holds for Xavi’s Barcelona

Gabriel would join the likes of Christensen and AC Milan star Franck Kessie, who have reportedly already joined the club. Barcelona are currently strengthening their stronghold on the second place in La Liga, and are competitive in the Europa League.

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Xavi would want his team to win a trophy in his first season, and the Europa League is a unique opportunity for the Spaniard to accomplish the same. It’s yet to be seen what the next season holds for FC Barcelona, but things are looking good at the club.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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