The Blaugrana are on a rampage in the summer transfer market.
FC Barcelona’s renaissance under Xavi continues as they continue to bring in players to rebuild and strengthen the squad. They have already made four signings in this transfer window, with more incomings expected. Barcelona didn’t have the best of times last season as they went trophyless. They would like to rectify that in the upcoming season and looking at their transfer business they are well and truly on their way. The season 2022-23 will be a big one for Xavi and his men. Take a look at Barcelona’s predicted lineup with the signing completed so far this summer.
Here is a look at how Barcelona could line up for 2022-23 or their predicted lineup for the upcoming season.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Goalkeeper)
After Claudio Bravo’s departure in 2016, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona’s main man between the posts. That looks likely to continue next season as well as the German looks irreplaceable in the current squad unless Barcelona sign a top-notch goalkeeper in the remaining days of the transfer window. Ter Stegen usually starts in all the matches for Barcelona making 35 appearances for the Catalan club in 2021-22.
Ronald Araujo (Right-back)
Araujo has really cemented his place in the Barcelona squad since being promoted to the senior team. The Uruguayan started 25 matches in the league for Barcelona last season. His physical nature makes him a solid defender.
However, the defender is also a threat going forward as is evident in the four goals that he scored last season including one against rivals Real Madrid. It won’t be a surprise to see him start in the right-back position for Barcelona in the upcoming season. Jules Kounde is likely to be his challenger for this position, his signing however is yet to be announced.
Andreas Christensen (Centre-back)
One of the many players that Barcelona brought in in the ongoing transfer window. Christensen joins FC Barcelona from Chelsea and was brought in to sort out Barcelona’s defensive woes from last season. The Danish international brought in for free will likely replace Eric Garcia in the central defender position.
Gerard Pique (Centre-back)
A very familiar name in the Barcelona lineup, Gerard Pique has been a part of FC Barcelona since 2009 when he joined from Manchester United. He has been a regular starter since and that is likely to continue on to the next season. The Spaniard didn’t have the best of seasons last time out however he still managed to start in 25 league games.
At 35 years of age, the defender is almost at the end of his playing career and he would like to go out on a high and next season might be the best opportunity for Pique to do that.
Jordi Alba (Left-back)
Another player that has been at Barcelona for what seems like ages now. Jordi Alba has been a regular starter in all those years and his partnership with Lionel Messi on the left of Barcelona’s attack was a nightmare for the opposition. However those days are now long gone, Alba without Messi has struggled.
However, he still made 30 league appearances for Barcelona last season and provided 10 assists throughout the season. With Jules Kounde incoming, Alba’s position is under threat. But since no official announcement has been made yet, Alba still is the go-to man in Barcelona’s left-back position.
Franck Kessie (Defensive Midfielder)
Another player that Barcelona brought in in the current transfer window, Franck Kessie joins Barcelona from AC Milan. A Scudetto winner with Milan last season, Kessi will most likely take up the role of the defensive midfielder for Barcelona next season. This role was played by Busquets over the years so it is needless to say that the 25-year-old has some large shoes to fill.
Frenkie De Jong (Central Midfield)
Whatever may be the news going around about Frenkie De Jong and his future at FC Barcelona, he is still a Barcelona player. If he stays on for next season, he is a guaranteed starter. De Jong has been one of Barcelona’s most consistent players since he signed for the Catalans in 2019. The 25-year-old started 30 matches for Barcelona last season and had a pass accuracy of 91%.
However, the thing that remains to be seen is if he is still an FC Barcelona player by the time the transfer window ends. If he leaves, young Gavi is his likely replacement.
Pedri (Central Midfield)
Pedri is one of the most promising youngsters in the present times. The 19-year-old has already cemented a place in Barcelona’s first team and deservedly so. Pedri initially started out as a winger, but since has shifted towards the middle of the park.
He will have the most freedom to move about in the midfield and will act as the playmaker of the team. He missed out most of last season because of injuries, but he will most likely be back in the starting XI next season.
Raphinha (Right Winger)
Barcelona paid €58m to Leeds United to bring Raphinha to Camp Nou. The Brazilian was Leeds United’s highest scorer in the Premier League last season. This attracted the interests of many clubs most notably Chelsea, but in the end it was Barcelona who managed to secure the services of the winger. Raphinha is likely to start in the right wing ahead of Dembele, who has been known to be prone to injuries.
Ansu Fati (Left Winger)
Ansu Fati is another youngster from the youth team who has cemented his name in the first team. The 20-year-old has been a part of the senior team since he was 16. After inheriting Messi’s number 10, Fati didn’t have much of an impact last season as he was in and out of the team because of injuries.
In fact, the last couple of years have proved to be injury-ridden for him. But with him back and fit, next season looks optimistic for the youngster.
Robert Lewandowski (Striker)
Robert Lewandowski is the biggest name brought in by Barcelona in this transfer window. The Poland striker was signed from Bayern Munich for a sum of €45m. Lewandowski is one of the best footballers in the current times. He is a guaranteed starter and leads the predicted lineup for FC Barcelona next season.
The striker is lethal in front of goal as he has shown over the years in Bayern Munich. The 33-year-old will definitely be one of the first names on the team sheet next season as his prolific goal-scoring record is expected to continue.