XAVI SMILE: The 8 signings FC Barcelona have made for the 2022/23 season

XAVI SMILE: The 8 signings FC Barcelona have made for the 2022/23 season

FC Barcelona wants to regain the leading role from this season. For this reason, thanks to the activation of the famous economic levers and the negotiating skills of leaders such as Mateu Alemany, the Catalans have achieved one of the most attractive markets in their entire history. Together they were 8 DESIGNATIONS for Xavi Hernandez.

They brought some power plants from the present and the future. They have reinforced internal competition in the side positions. They recruited a young midfielder with a barbaric projection. They got the services of a real off-roader. They have integrated a winger who has just stood out in the Premier League. And, icing on the cake, they hired the best scorer on the planet (winner of the last Golden Boots).

Oh! And let’s not forget that Ousmane Dembélé stayed. Specifically, a renovation. Formally, the signing of a free agent.


  • Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich). centre-forward 33 years old. Transfer closed at 45 million euros fixed + 5 million euros fixed. The world’s top scorer in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The 2021 and 2022 Golden Boots winner. He’s already a veteran, yes, but he’s more relevant than ever, and the numbers back it up.

    Lewy, as we have already seen in his first games, will provide quality in shooting, a wide repertoire to solve plays inside the box and touches/movements that will generate space for wingers and forwards. interior midfielders. A master at setting up and taking down centre-backs. As for Hourly and game-reading, few rams smarter than the Poles. One of the best strikers in history. So clear. A real bomb.

  • Jules Kounde (Sevila). central defender. 23 years. Transfer closed for around 60 million euros. The Catalans won another run against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, who also did their utmost to get the Frenchman.

    A very complete defender. He has physicality, speed, positioning, aerial play, sense of anticipation and, in addition, he handles the ball very well. Best of all, although he is already TOP, he can still improve. I really want to see him under Xavi, who maintains that he can be a DFC of the time. That of rival transitions which will cut through its aggressiveness and anticipation. And, with his driving and running, he can help break lines and generate superiority.

  • Raphinha (Leeds United). Extreme. 25 years. Transfer closed for 58 million euros fixed + 9 million euros in variables. Arsenal and Chelsea looked for him, but FC Barcelona ended up keeping him. The envy of the player, who grew up admiring Barca since the days of Ronaldinho, played a fundamental role.

    Speed, personality and the illusion of a boy living his dream. Player who starts on the wing, but who knows how to team up and get along well on the inside lanes. He has dribbling and imbalance, although he can also be very vertical (this was already noticed during pre-season). His left-footed shot can be a great way to open up teams waiting on the low block.

  • Franck Kessie (AC Milan). Midfielder. 25 years. free agent. The Ivorian landed at Barca weeks after helping AC Milan become Italian Serie A champions.

    Considering they have the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Nico, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, many might think the bet doesn’t make much sense. We get the point, but Xavi puts together a team with midfielders of different profiles, thinking about different game contexts. Moreover, it is not that Franck is handicapped. He will provide parry and power, of course, but he also handles the ball well and can enter the circuit of organized attacks.

    Maybe not many people remember him, but Pep Guardiola, who was a teacher for Hernández, had all-terrain midfielders in his Barca team. We must not forget the legendary Yaya Touré and the joker Seydou Keita. The idea, surely, is to imitate this formula. More styles, more variations and, therefore, better responses to different situations.

  • Andreas Christensen (Chelsea). central defender. 26 years. free agent. It’s already very good, but it has the potential to be bigger. For now, the image he has left is really nice.

    Cesc Fabregas, who knows him very well since his time at Chelsea, defines him as a quick and intelligent central defender, very competitive physically and with a great ball output. What he lacks, according to the world champion, is to be more aggressive.

    If he adds that bit of toughness to his game, he shouldn’t be seen as a very reliable option for Xavi. Maybe if Araujo or Koundé trust each other, or if Ronald ends up qualifying as a right-back, Andreas will eat their run. Watch out for the Danes.

  • Pablo Torre (Race). Midfielder. 19 years old. Transfer closed for 5 million euros. One more player at FC Barcelona. He will be with B when he is not active at absolute level, but he has already entered the dynamic of the first team.

    He is an attacking midfielder who can play from the flanks or play inside, navigating the inside lanes. A boy who, according to his own coach, stands out for his great mastery of profiles, his ball striking, his vision (ease of finding the last pass) and his relationship with the goal.

    Xavi said it when it all became official: a signature for the present and the future.

  • Hector Bellerin (Arsenal). Right side. 27 years old. Free transfer. He wanted to go home so badly that he didn’t hesitate to lower his salary and waive Arsenal’s debts. It comes in response to the farewell of Sergiño Dest, who left on loan at AC Milan.

    Considering he is a nominal winger, he should win the game against the likes of Koundé or Ronald Araujo. However, you will have to earn it. Meet the model, he grew up under the culé philosophy in La Masía. He trails in speed and his offensive vocation, but he will have to be more rigorous in his defensive duels.

    And even if his climbs can be fantastic to support Dembélé or Raphinha, he will have to push himself to the maximum not to unbalance the team when he projects himself in front. The move doesn’t look bad, really.

  • Marcos Alonso (Chelsea). Lateral or left lane. 31 years. He will arrive at FC Barcelona after terminating his contract with Chelsea. As his status is that of a free agent, he will have no complications to be registered in the Spanish League.

    Another team that shines more in attack than defense. And he, in addition to his ability to climb up front, has the bonus of hitting the ball from set pieces. Direct competition for Jordi Alba and Alex Balde.

    Due to Alba’s bad timing and Balde’s inexperience, theory tells you that Marcos will play a lot. But we must not erase Alex, who reacted rather well at the start of the season.

Undefeated data. FC Barcelona have not played in the UEFA Champions League final since 2015 (Xavi was still a player). The big goal is to fight seriously again for the highest tournament in the world at club level. And also, of course, they intend to regain the throne in Europe.

Did you know that…? Robert Lewandowski has 4 goals in 3 games played in the Spanish League. He has just arrived and is already leading the battle of El Pichichi.

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