Barcelona: A sporting project to convince Messi to stay at Barcelona
Barcelona The key to keep him at Camp Nou
Negotiations over a new contract for the 32-year-old are expected to start soon and the forward has sent his message to the president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The Argentine declared that he wants to be part of a winning team and to do so, players from the top shelf are needed to strengthen the Catalans.
Barcelona‘s investment in 2014 led to a glorious treble one next year, with talented signings such as Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen contributing the most to the team’s triumphs.
In the following two seasons, Arda Turan, Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, Jasper Cillessen, Paco Alcacer and Samuel Umtiti were brought in.
Only the latter, however, from the aforementioned eight, who cost the Blaugrana 180 million euros in total, remains at the Camp Nou.
Philippe Coutinho joined from Liverpool and Ousmane Dembele signed from Borussia Dortmund, but none of them managed to fulfil their potential.
The Brazilian departed this summer on loan to Bayern Munich, while the Frenchman has yet to find a place in the starting line-up due to several disciplinary issues and various injuries.
Meanwhile, Nelson Semedo has strengthen the right-back position and Clement Lenglet took advantage of the opportunity given to him last season following Umtiti‘s injury.
Arthur has a lot more to prove and Arturo Vidal fulfils his mission whenever asked to do so, but players such as Yerry Mina, Jeison Murillo and Kevin Prince Boateng were never near Barcelona‘s standard.