Barcelona were forced to face reconstruction following many disappointing seasons with awful Champions League results. The embarrassing 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in 2020 proved that things needed to change once and for all. Whether if they made the right decision by taking it on Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, among others, or not, one thing was for sure: the Cules couldn't continue pretending as nothing happened.
Club legend Ronald Koeman couldn't turn things around quickly, though, but as the current season developed his team gave reasons for optimism. It is true, though, that Barca were once again knocked out of the UCL in an early stage and being humiliated at home. Still, they strengthened in La Liga with a long undefeated run until the loss against Real Madrid showed they are far from perfect. Then again, Koeman's boys lifted the Copa del Rey and gave a signal of hope. Barca's president Joan Laporta trusts in the Dutch and both of them insist on fortifying Barcelona in the long term.
There's a lot of work to do for Koeman to take Barcelona back to the top. Retaining superstar Lionel Messi is the main task, as the Argentine contract expires in summer and he hasn't made a decision yet. At the same time, Sergio Aguero could be arriving at the Camp Nou, possibly joining his compatriot. However, the Catalans intend to secure at least two more well-known names to upgrade other positions as well.
The two players to boost Messi and Aguero in Barcelona
The priority of renewing Messi's deal seems to be going in the right direction, while 'El Kun' Aguero would be close to reaching an agreement. With the two of them in, the Blaugranas could concentrate on adding more power to their squad.
Once again, the free agency would be providing the solution for that job. Eric García and Georginio Wijnaldum are reportedly in Barcelona's plans for the next campaign. The center back, who turned down Manchester City's offers to renew his contract, is a great option to upgrade the defense, whose weaknesses have given Barca many unpleasant moments.
On the other hand, the Cules seem to be a bit stronger in the midfield than at the back. But Wijnaldum not only has been a huge desire of Koeman since he took over the first team but he could also give balance to the center of the pitch. Moreover, landing a player of his caliber without paying a transfer fee at all is a real bargain.
The Catalans are eager to get back to the good old days when they were used to glory and not to be struggling in the most important competitions. While the club is trying to recover after boardroom conflicts from the last year, the team is also giving signals of growth with bright youngsters and the possible arrivals of new players who could help Messi, if he stays, and Aguero, if he arrives as well.