The month of April revealed Barcelona’s dependency on Gerard Pique. In the defender’s absence, the Blaugranes lost three games and conceded four penalties.
Heading into the summer, the centre-back position is one of Barcelona’s main concerns. Ronald Araujo and Pique have proven to be the only consistent central defenders this season, with Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet frequently inconsistent.
Andreas Christensen’s signing from Chelsea is reported to be sealed, and his inclusion will be a big boost for Xavi ahead of the next season. However, the manager is still on the hunt for quality centre-backs.
According to reports from Gerard Romero, Mateu Alemany will travel in the coming weeks to complete the signing of another central defender.
If recent reports are to be believed, Lisandro Martinez seems to be the player targetted by the Catalans.
The Ajax player is a left-footed centre-back, providing a valuable option in the event of Samuel Umtiti and Lenglet’s departure. Moreover, his versatility helps him cover as a fullback and as a pivot if needed.
It was reported that the Dutch champions would be willing to include some Barcelona players in the deal. While no names have been suggested, such a step would help reduce the transfer fee involved.
This season, the Argentine has started 23 league games in the Eredivisie, scoring one goal and providing three assists. He has overseen 11 clean sheets for his side and averages two tackles, two interceptions, three clearances and six duels won per game.
The only obstacle to his signing is the player’s contract with Ajax. His deal with the club does not end until June 2025, and the Dutch giants would want a massive transfer fee in exchange for their protege. At the moment, the figure is said to be in the €35 million ball-park.