Barca might bring a player for €35,000,000 outside of a transfer window due to the injury crisis

12.2.2020.  

Barcelona's €140,000,000 signing Ousmane Dembele will be out due to injury for around six months. And of course, this isn't his first injury. Alongside him in the infirmary is Luis Suarez, out most likely until the end of the season. And after the sale of Carles Perez to Roma, Quique Setien now only has three forwards available to him - Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann, and Ansu Fati.


Barca has found a man to bolster its ranks and perhaps won't even have to wait for the summer to do so. Not a free agent, Barcelona is hoping that the Spanish FA will allow the club to sign a player. There is a rule that allows teams to reinforce if one of their players suffers an injury that will keep him out for five months.


And Blaugrana has found its man. The Catalan club has reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for the transfer of Willian Jose and now the FA's decision is the only thing that stands between Setien having his first reinforcement as a Barca boss.


Jose, a former Real Madrid player who came to Spain from Santos, plays at Anoeta since 2016. He scored 53 goals in 132 matches for the Basque club, 46 of which in La Liga. This season he scored eight times in 22 games.



Barca will pay €35,000,000 for the 28-year-old Brazilian, which is exactly half of his release clause.


A question arises of the validity and morality of this deal.


Especially as reports from Spain suggest that Luis Suarez is recovering from his injury ahead of schedule. The Uruguayan is already off his crutches and it's even possible to see him play before the season ends.


Barca's board shouldn't be pardoned for planning the season badly. Even after they loaned out Phillippe Coutinho, Suarez was injured, they still decided to sell Perez. The club entered the title fight with just three center-backs!


Real Madrid fans will have a reason to be mad as they’ll have a smaller advantage in the tightest title-race in recent times. 



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