After what seemed like a long fight with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Barcelona couldn't keep up with the competition, and succumbed to the pressure, ending the 2020-21 La Liga season in the third position. They had vast chances to jump ahead and climb to the top, but the Blaugrana slipped up every time and ruined their prospects.
Now, with the Spanish top-flight finally over, Barca will be heading for a thrilling summer, especially following the return of their new-old president, Joan Laporta. Despite the club's debt, if they are prepared to contend seriously for major titles in the next campaign, new faces are predicted in the dressing room.
The Catalans have reportedly already agreed deals with three players, who are all familiar with the English Premier League. Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia will both leave Manchester City as free agents at the end of the current seasons, while another free agent, Memphis Depay is a well-known former Manchester United flop. In spite of this label, the Netherlands international has starred for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 and the Champions League the past several years.
How Barcelona could line up with Aguero and Depay in 2021-22 season
Aguero, like Lionel Messi, will be a free agent this summer after a decade at Manchester City. For a while it has been known that the two have a rather good relationship; indeed, Messi is the godfather of Sergio's son Benjamin. In addition, the Argentine is perhaps the closest to perfect replacement to Luis Suarez, who left Barca to join Atletico Madrid and eventually, ended up playing a key role in Atleti's La Liga title.
In their time at Camp Nou, Messi and Suarez established an amazing relationship that could be repeated in any way with Aguero in the coming season. Here we will explore various probable line-ups that Ronald Koeman can put together if they do manage to successfully bring in Eric García, Memphis Depay, and Sergio Aguero during the summer.
Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho are both expected to be sold in the summer. The Brazilian has not left a mark even in his second spell at the Spanish giants, so he can hardly see a future at the club. Furthermore, the persistent fitness issues of Ousmane Dembele make him unable to depend on. Having all this in mind, let's take a look at how Barcelona could line up in the 2021-22 season.
GK: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
LB: Jordi Alba
CB: Gerard Pique
CB: Eric Garcia
RB: Sergino Dest
DMF: Sergio Busquets
CM: Frenkie de Jong
LW: Memphis Depay
CF: Sergio Aguero
RW: Lionel Messi