Liverpool ace Andrew Robertson has emerged as a summer target for FC Barcelona’s new president Joan Laporta this summer.
The newly-elected FC Barcelona president in Joan Laporta has served as a breath of fresh air in what has been a turbulent few years for the club. The 58-year-old has already shown a lot of ambition in the transfer market, with Liverpool superstar Andrew Robertson emerging as his latest target if reports from Diario Gol are to be believed.
Laporta is well aware of the problems Barcelona will face in the left-back department, especially as the ageing Jordi Alba continues to deteriorate. On top of that, his number one alternative in Junior Firpo hasn’t quite settled, with a move away from Nou Camp reportedly a possibility in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Arsenal interested.
As a result, Barcelona could now shift their interest towards Robertson, who is a self-confessed fan of Lionel Messi. While having performed exceptionally at Anfield throughout the past couple of years, the Scot might seem an untouchable prospect in the market, as far as Barca are concerned.
However, it appears Robertson’s future could largely hinge on Jurgen Klopp, who, in turn, is facing uncertainty in regards to his long term stay in Merseyside – following a disastrous title defence.
Klopp has played a critical role behind Robertson’s rise to prominence, and it won’t be surprising to see the left-back not appearing as useful under any new manager. Consequentially, FC Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the future of Klopp, who might be an option to replace Ronald Koeman should things fall into place.
As for Robertson himself, a move to Camp Nou in the summer should provide him with the glorious opportunity to play alongside Messi. From a sporting perspective, the Scot should also be given the chance to become the club’s number one left-back, although he may have to compete with Alba for at least another year.
From Liverpool’s perspective, their chances of losing Robertson in the summer could be further propelled by a potential failure to secure the Champions League next season.
The club’s miserable form in the Premier League has already cast doubts over the future of Mohamed Salah and one could imagine it would be difficult for players like Robertson to decline advances from Barca, should they continue to perform badly.
On the positive note, however, the Reds do have the financial leverage, knowing Barcelona are currently experiencing an economic crisis that could primarily force them to sign free agents, despite Laporta’s best efforts.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer saga takes shape in the coming few months.