Barcelona have identified Divock Origi and Fernando Llorente as possible backups to Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are on the course of doing a double, but they are dissatisfactions in and around the Nou Camp after blowing away a 3-0 lead to Liverpool in the Champions League. The Blaugrana have been predictable, but their trump card in Lionel Messi saves the team at the end of the day.
It is no doubt that the club needs recruitments as the old legs seem to be catching up on some of the players. Frenkie De Jong has already been signed by the club, and the fans are anticipating two to three signings to bolster their roster for the next season.
Lionel Messi has been carrying the ball from the deep to create chances. Being at the end of it, Luis Suarez has converted those, but he is currently 32 years of age. It is lucid that the Uruguyuan will not be able to play 50 games next season. Valverde will retain him as number one next season, but he wants a proper surrogate to Suarez through the middle.
In order to reduce the weariness, Ernesto Valverde has seen two possible strikers, who could play understudy to Luis Suarez. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are looking at Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente.
Divock Origi is a well-known figure at Nou Camp as the Belgian scored twice in the second leg to take the Reds into the Champions League final. The 24-year-old is yet to commit himself to Jurgen Klopp’s side as his contract expires in 2020. He would be available for a fee around £25 million.
Former Athletic Bilbao Fernando Llorente is another player on the shortlist. The Spanish International’s deal expires after the conclusion of this season. He will be available for nothing which excites the club. He has scored only once this season, but he can produce different dynamic to Barcelona’s attack.
Here’s how Twitter reacted..
Divock Origi de Liverpool y Fernando Llorente del Tottenham están en la lista de los más destacados de Barcelona este verano. (Fuente: Mundo Deportivo) pic.twitter.com/mmkOFbfDof
— Transferencia Noticias (@Transferencia_) May 22, 2019
Barcelona witnessed the brilliance of a ‘number 9’ when up against Divock Origi. Barca are now looking for a similar back-up striker to have an impact like Origi & Llorente. [@mundodeportivo]
The article DOES NOT state Barca want Llorente or Origi. Couldn’t afford him anyway. 👀 pic.twitter.com/LWQJxwxOJV
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) May 21, 2019
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) May 21, 2019
Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente are on Barcelona’s striking shortlist this summer. (Source: Mundo Deportivo) pic.twitter.com/KqJ0eJEM4V
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 22, 2019
— Trending Videos (@SmartIbex) January 13, 2019
Barcelona will face Valencia in the finals of the Copa Del Rey at Estadio Villamarin this Saturday.