After a rather unsuccessful season of 2020/21, FC Barcelona entered this transfer season while being in the red. Read on to find out more about Barcelona transfer news.
The club has been paying wages more than they can afford, and with the COVID-19 pandemic and the huge financial crisis it has brought about, not so many big signings were expected.
However, with Juan Laporta being in charge again, the fans are hopeful to see their club stand on their feet again. The most important issueFC Barcelona
has been expected to face this summer was the renewal of Lionel Messi's contract which ended in July. However, the rumors say that the legend will stay at Camp Nou for 5 more years.
On the other hand, since the arrival of new boss,Ronald Koeman
, it has been the beginning of a new Barcelona. He has changed the squad and although the fans are not sure of his techniques as a manager, he has achieved acceptable results.
Despite having just a few new signings, this is the highest number of changes in the clubs’ players profile in the last two decades. Let's take a look at Barcelona 2021 Summer Transfer: arrivals and departures.
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Full name: Eric García Martret
Date of birth: 9 January 2001 (age 20)
Place of birth: Martorell, Spain
Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
The first player on the list of
FC Barcelona transfers 20/21
is the 20-year-old defender who is a product of Barcelona's youth academy, Lamasia. He returned to his former club on a free transfer after a 4-year spell atManchester City
signed a 5-year contract with FC Barcelona which means he will at least stay at Camp Nou until 2026- if no unexpected move happens.
The young center back has shown great potential under Pep Guardiola, andLuis Enrique
, Spain's manager, also relies on him greatly. Garcia has played for Manchester City's youth level teams (U18 – U19 – U23) as well wearing the senior team's shirt on 35 occasions.
The emergence of Eric Garcia brings the hope of seeing a new Puyol to the hearts of Blaugrana fans, although it's to0 soon to judge. Barcelona are hoping to repair their breakable defense line.
Full name: Memphis Depay
Date of birth: 13 February 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth: Moordrecht, Netherlands
Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
The 27-year-old attacker joined FC Barcelona on a free agent after three and a half wonderful resurrection seasons at Olympique Lyon.
came into prominence after shining in 2014 World Cup with Netherlands national team, and him becoming the Eredivise's top scorer of 2014/15 with PSV Eindhoven while being only 21.
He joined Manchester United, but could never repeat his stunning performances there. So, Memphis made a move to France to play for Olympique Lyon in 2017, where he scored 76 goals and provided 55 assists within 178 matches, and persuaded Barcelona authorities and of course their manager, Ronald Koeman, to sign him this summer with a 2-year contract.
However, Barcelona had taken an unsuccessful approach toward him last season as well. Memphis scored 20 goals and recorded 12 assists within 37 League 1 games last season, and Barcelona fans are extremely hopeful about the "Dutch Lion" to shine in their shirt. Moreover, Depay's performance was quite satisfying in EURO 2020 with 2 goals and 1 assist in 4 matches.
Full name: Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior
Date of birth: 14 January 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth: São Paulo, Brazil
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
The Brazilian right back first joined Barcelona for €12.00m in the January of 2019, but was immediately sold toReal Betis
with a re-buy clause. Barcelona activated this clause and bought Emerson back this summer for €9.00m after his great form in the last 2 LaLiga seasons.
Emerson signed a 3-year contract with Barcelona. 22-year-old scored 1 goal and provided 4 assists in 20/21 LaLiga season, and Barcelona's hopeful about finally finding a newDani Alves
. Emerson was also called up to Brazil's squad for 2021 Copa America and made his debut for Selecao in that tournament.
Full name: Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo
Date of birth: 2 June 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Another free transfer for Blaugrana, this time, one of the best strikers of the decade andLionel Messi
's very close friend, Sergio Aguero came to Camp Nou by signing a 2-year contract. Sergio Aguero is a legend for Manchester City fans, as he is the club's top scorer of all time with 260 goals in 390 appearances within 10 years.
However, he lost most of the last season due to consecutive injuries and COVID-19 infection. Aguero joined Barcelona as a free transfer the same as Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia, while Barcelona is in huge financial debt.
Unless the club reduces the wages of some of their highest paid players such asAntoine Griezmann
and Philippe Coutinho, or sell some of them, they will not be able to sign any more players.
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Full name: Héctor Junior Firpo Adames
Date of birth: 22 August 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth:Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
The 24-year-old left back was sold by Barcelona to the English club Leeds United for €15.00m, and Barcelona will retain 20% of any future sale of the player.
joined Barcelona in 2019 for €20.00m from Real Betis, but his performances could not live up to the expectations, while Jordi Alba being the first choice left back in the squad. Firpo made 41 appearances for Blaugrana, scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists within his 2-season spell at Camp Nou.
Full name: Jean-Clair Dimitri Roger Todibo
Date of birth: 30 December 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth: Cayenne, French Guiana
Height: 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Todibo joined Barcelona in 2019 while being only 19 from Toulouse, but he had been being sent out on loans to different clubs such as Schalke 04, SL Benfica, and OGC Nice, until the latter bought him permanently this summer for €8.5m.
The 21-year-old center back only played in 5 matches for Blaugrana, and was not given enough chance within his spell at Camp Nou. However, selling him in Barcelona's current financial situation for €8.5m does not seem to be an unreasonable action after all.
Full name: Carles Aleñá Castillo
Date of birth: 5 January 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth: Mataró, Spain
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s): Central midfielder
was one of the young talents that made his way to the senior team. He showed great potential and his performances were promising, however, he couldn't compete with the piles of world class midfielders.
Alena was loaned out to Real Betis in the January of 2020 for half a season, and returned to Camp Nou at the end of 2019/20 season. He played for Barcelona for another 6 months until being loaned out to Getafe in the January of 2021. Getafe activated his purchase clause at this time and bought Carles Alenia from Barcelona for €5.0m.
He had featured in 44 matches for Blaugrana and has scored 3 goals. Moreover, Alena has made 89 appearances for Barcelona B, scored 18 goals and recorded 14 assists.
With regard to the many players who were grown in Lamasia, but left Barcelona and shined in another team, Barca fans are worried that the same would happen to one of their biggest talents of the last years. In July 2018, he was nominated for the Golden Boy award.
Full name: Juan Miranda González
Date of birth: 19 January 2000 (age 21)
Place of birth: Olivares, Spain
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Another Lamasia product who left Barcelona this summer is the 21-year-oldJuan Miranda
, who is currently playing for Spanish national team in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The young left back was once loaned out to Schalke 04 in 2019, and then loaned out to Real Betis in the October of 2020. Eventually, Betis signed him for free this summer. Miranda had only featured in 4 games for Barcelona senior team, in addition to his 30 appearances for Barcelona B, in which he had scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists.
Furthermore, Miranda played in 22 La Liga games for Real Betis last season (20/21), scored 1 goal and provided 2 assists, convincing the club's authorities and their manager to buy the young promising left back who Barcelona may regret letting him go this effortlessly, and without asking for any price, in the future.
Full name: Matheus Fernandes Siqueira
Date of birth: 30 June 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth: Itaboraí, Brazil
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s): Central midfielder
The Brazilian defensive midfielder can be named as one of the worst signings in the club's history. Barcelona bought Mattheus Fernandes from Palmaieras in the January of 2020 for €7.00m, and immediately loaned him out toReal Valladolid
for 6 months where he played in only 3 matches.
Fernandez came back to Camp Nou at the start of 20/21 season, but in most of the games he was not even called up to the squad, and only featured in 1 game throughout the season. He returned to his former club, Palmeiras, for free this summer.
Full name: Ramón Rodríguez Jiménez
Date of birth: 13 September 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth: Palma, Spain
Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Monchu joined Barcelona's youth setup in 2012, from Mallorca. After he proceeded through the youth setup, he made his debut for Barcelona B in the December of 2017. He played in a total of 66 games for Barcelona B, scored 13 goals and provided 7 assists.
Monchu only featured in only 1 match for FC Barcelona senior team, coming off the bench in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg againstNapoli
Barcelona announced that they had reached an agreement with Girona for the loan transfer of Monchu until the end of the season in the September of 2020 to play for them in the Spanish Segunda Division.
Monchu made 43 appearances for Girona, and recorded 3 goals as well as 1 assist. This summer, however, Granada announced the signing of this Lamasia talent for free, while Barça reserves a right to 50% of any future sale of the player and a buy-back option.
Full name: Francisco António Machado Mota de Castro Trincão
Date of birth: 29 December 1999 (age 22)
Place of birth: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
The Portuguese right winger came to Camp Nou from SC Braga in the summer of 2020 for €31.00m. The 22-year-old talent featured in 42 games for Blaugrana throughout the season, scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists.
Barcelona decided to loanFrancisco Trincao
out and let him gain experience by playing more often: On 4 July 2021, Wolverhampton Wanderers announced the signing of Trincão on a season-long loan from Barcelona, and there is an option for Wolves to make the move permenant with €25.00m.
said his next move is not confirmed at an emotional farewell news conference, but various sources said a deal with Paris Saint-Germain has already been agreed.
Messi, who has been a free agent since his contract expired at Camp Nou on June 30, had maintained his silence since Barca announced that he will not sign new terms because of financial problems.
The Argentina forward said he had received several calls from clubs since the news broke, confirming PSG's interest, and according to reporters he has already agreed to sign for the Ligue 1 side.
Messi is expected to travel to Paris soon before completing a medical in the coming days and signing a two-year deal with the option for a third season.
"[PSG] is one possibility," Messi said. "There's nothing closed at the moment, but we're talking about a lot of things. After Barca's statement, a lot of clubs showed an interest. There's nothing final but, of course, there are talks."
"There is no doubt that I will go to a team that will compete with Barca. I didn't want to leave, but I have to. And I want to keep winning. That's my mentality. I want to win," he added.