Here are 10 Barcelona summer transfer windows, lots of blunders

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“So which transfer saga is the best & the worst?”

1NEWS – Barcelona have spent a lot of money to sign the target player as Real Madrid’s eternal competitor. But not all of their transactions were successful, even some of them were disastrous. We’ve sorted every Bara summer window since 2012 from worst to best.

10. Summer 2021/2022

With Barcelona’s finances still not stable, El Barca seems very difficult to bring in new players this summer 2021/2022.

Even so, they managed to get some decent additions on free transfers, including Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero. Both arrived from Manchester City, while Memphis Depay has also proven himself worthy of being at Camp Nou.

However, none of that completely covered the gaping hole within the Catalan team. This summer will forever be remembered as the time when Lionel Messi left, not only leaving but doing so for free to PSG.

Barca fans are still grieving after Messi who helped the club win the title was almost alone with the dozens of goals he scored in every season. Things got worse, Barca had to sell several other players at low prices to balance the club’s finances. Ilaix Moriba went to RB Leipzig for 16 million euros (Rp 268 billion) and Emerson went to Spurs for 25 million euros (Rp 419 billion).

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9.Summer 2017/2018

Selling a player for 222 million euros (Rp 3.7 trillion) certainly can’t be said to be a terrible business. But there is no doubt that Barca would prefer Neymar to stay. His move to PSG marked something of a shift in the world order of football at Camp Nou.

However, the worst thing was when Barca tried to invest that money, including using 105 million euros (Rp 1.7 trillion) for Ousmane Dembele and 30 million euros (Rp 503 billion) for Nelson Semedo.

The only thing that could be said to be profitable in that transfer window was at least Barca not getting Philippe Coutinho’s deal until next January.

8. Summer 2016/2017

Barcelona spent 90 million Euros (Rp 1.5 trillion) to buy Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Samuel Umtiti in the summer of 2016. They also let Dani Alves leave for free. Enough to prove that Barca have made a bad transfer deal.

7. Summer 2015/16

With the sale of Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez, Adama Traore and Pedro, Barcelona are actually not losing money in transfers. But the money they spent was very unwise when it came to signing Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan.

Vidal played only 30 league games during his three years in Catalonia, while Turan was loaned out to Istanbul Basaksehir after two seasons and ended up serving a two-year and eight-month prison sentence for using a gun in public while in Istanbul.

Despite the unsavory deal, the Blaugrana could still win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup as Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored a total of 131 goals that season.

6. Summer 2020/2021

This summer, two things have been pretty much at odds with the Barcelona transfer saga. On the one hand, Barca managed to get back Semedo and bring in Pedri for 5 million euros (Rp 84 billion) which in the end could be the club’s best purchase at the moment.

On the other hand, they brought Miralem Pjanic for 60 million euros (Rp 1 trillion) in a strange deal with Juventus which involved Arthur and allowed Luis Suarez to go for free to Atletico Madrid who last season won the La Liga title.

5. Summer 2019/2020

Barcelona received a total of 100 million euros (Rp 1.67 trillion) for Andre Gomes, Jasper Cillesen and Malcom, and the fresh funds were then used to buy several new players.

The Spanish giants succeeded in bringing in Frenkie de Jong, who now together with Pedri could become their general midfield for the next decade.

Then they spent 120 million Euros on Antoine Griezmann and we all know the result.

4. Summer 2018/2019

The two Brazilians signed in the summer of 2018, Arthur and Malcom did not live up to their expectations.

But Clement Lenglet was recruited by Barca to be an integral part of the current squad and has made over 130 appearances for the club. As for Arturo Vidal, they got a very competent midfielder for free.

They also managed to get a profit of around 18 million euros (Rp 302 billion) for the sale of Yerry Mina to Everton.

3. Summer 2012/2013

Seydou Keita and Henrique left, then club management brought in Alex Song and Jordi Alba. Song was a useful player in the Barca squad for several seasons, Alba in really impressive form, even today.

The Spaniard has become a club legend, playing more than 350 games so far and winning five league titles, five Copa del Rey and one Champions League. No wonder its existence is difficult to replace.

2. Summer 2013/2014

The 2013/2014 season was not so good for Barca. They finished runners-up in La Liga and the Copa del Rey and were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.

But Neymar’s arrival was a major achievement, a turning point for the squad and most importantly, and managed to defeat Real Madrid who had spent years and years chasing the Brazilian’s signature.

He did not bring immediate success, but Neymar proved an excellent buy, especially when combined with business the following summer.

1. Summer 2014/2015

And this is Barca’s best window in the last decade. This was the inaugural reign of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

After the departure of Victor Valdes, came Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo to compete for the No.1 spot. In midfield, Ivan Rakitic arrived from Sevilla to replace the outgoing Cesc Fabregas and the Croatian came in perfectly.

His true gem is Luis Suarez. Alexis Sanchez’s 42 million euro (Rp 705 billion) move to Arsenal helped finance the club. The Uruguayan player was finally signed for a dowry of 82 million Euros (Rp 1.4 trillion).

For 6 seasons, the former Liverpool player scored 198 goals for Barcelona and became the club’s third-highest goalscorer of all time.

He also helped lead Barca to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in his first season as part of MSN’s attacking trio.

(diaz alvioriki/muf)

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