Last summer when Barcelona brought in Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and bought back Denis Suarez, it was expected that this wave of players all 22 or 23 years old would represent the next generation of Blaugranas at almost every position. Other than Umtiti, the committee is still out on the other four players, and unfortunately, that means that the club may still need to be looking towards the future. Gerard Deulofeu, Nelson Semedo and Ousmane Dembele were this summer’s youthful new additions, but the club is reportedly looking at some players even younger.
In addition, the performances by Luis Suarez against Leganes and Paco Alcacer versus Sevilla prior to that have quieted some of the rumblings that Barcelona need a proven goalscorer in the January window. Yet, Suarez will turn 31 at the end of January and Alcacer will certainly need more than one showing for Cules to have faith in the Spanish forward.
Other than the rumblings about Antoine Griezmann, there hasn’t been an egregious amount of rumors concerning Barcelona adding forwards in January or in the summer. A recent appearance by Robert Fernandez at a RB Leipzig match has stirred the pot about a possible transfer of 21-year-old German striker Timo Werner. The Stuttgart youth product moved to Leipzig in July of 2016, and he has had a swift rise up Joachim Low’s Germany’s national team depth chart as he can’t stop banging in goals in the Bundesliga. He is following up his 21 goal output from a season ago with nine goals in 16 appearances this campaign.
If players in their 20s prove to be too expensive, it appears that Barcelona are trying to move for some of the world’s top teenagers as well. Robert Fernandez has reportedly also watched 17-year-old Valencia winger Ferran Torres, who is valued by Los Che at 35 million euros. The Barcelona board will have plenty of footage of him from the latest U-17 World Cup where he starred in the attack alongside Abel Ruiz and Sergio Gomez.
The other teenager in the news is Yacine Adli, a 17-year-old creative midfielder for Paris Saint Germain’s U-19 team. Whether there is much to the rumor that Barcelona hope to get some revenge on PSG when the youngster’s contract expires in the summer, he would still be a welcome addition to La Masia nonetheless.