Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that there is “space” in the team for a new striker and that the club will look to sign a player in the January transfer window following the sale of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla.
Munir who’s contract with the club expires at the end of the season, refused to sign a new deal with the club which resulted in the striker moving to Sevilla in a deal said to be in the region of €1 million.
His sale means that Luis Suarez is the lone striker in the Barcelona squad, though Valverde has used Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele as a false nine on certain occassions. However, he understands the need to add another striker as the club look to compete on all fronts this season.
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“With Munir leaving, we have space there, especially with the injury to Rafinha as well. The [transfer] window is open and we are going to see if we can sign someone — [but] we have to keep in mind the financial side of any deal,” Valverde said in a news conference.
“We will see if anyone comes in and if not we will look to the players we have in the B team.”
The Catalan giants have reportedly been on the hunt for a long-term replacement for Suarez, though any deal that they complete for a striker in January will be on a short-term basis.