Barcelona tracking Ajax forward Sébastien Haller amid striker crisis


Barcelona linked with interest in former West Ham striker amid Camp Nou striker crisis

Barcelona to go shopping in Amsterdam to arrest striker crisis

Spanish giants Barcelona could turn to an unexpected source as the Catalan giants look to arrest the striker crisis currently gripping the Camp Nou after the club was linked with shock interest in Ajax Amsterdam striker Sébastien Haller.

According to Catalunya-based outlet El Nacional (cited by Barça Universal), Barcelona is tracking this season’s top scorer in the Champions League in the wake of their squad-building nightmare that has left them well short of options to lead the forward line under new boss Xavi.

Haller is enjoying a season to remember at the Amsterdam Arena this season, netting an astounding 10-goals during the Champions League group stage, with another 10-goals in sixteen appearances in the Eredivisie as Erik ten Hag’s de Godenzonen remain in a three-way dog fight in the Dutch top-flight against rivals PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam.

As reported by Barça Universal, Haller has become a prime candidate for a move given the more affordable figure that would come with a move for the Ivory Coast international rather than the club splashing serious cash on one of Erling Haaland, Dušan Vlahović, or Alexander Isak.

With a current market value of €27million (per Transfermarkt) and the fact that Ajax only was made to pay £20million to prize him away from a poor spell at West Ham, even if Ajax wanted to double their investment, ~€40million would be considerably cheaper than what it would cost to win the race for any of the aforementioned striker targets.

Barça reduced to just one striker in torrid 2021-22 campaign

In what can only be viewed as a monumental reduction in quality, Barcelona has frustratingly been reduced to just one reliable striker in the first team under Xavi this season.

The early retirement by Argentine icon Sergio Agüero left the La Liga outfit in a bind, so too did the failed loan period by Dutch international Luuk de Jong.

Barcelona linked with interest in former West Ham striker amid Camp Nou striker crisis

BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 30: Sergio Aguero of FC Barcelona looks injured during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Camp Nou on October 30, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Additionally, injuries to both Memphis Depay and Martin Braithwaite compounded the issues at Camp Nou. But Braithwaite, who is expected back just before the new year, is the club’s only true center-forward.

Depay can certainly be deployed there, but perhaps lacks the profile that Xavi wants in the long term. Regardless of what the case may be, for a club that has boasted center forwards the likes of Romário, Ronaldo, Hristo Stoichkov, Patrick Kluivert, Samuel Eto’o, David Villa, Luis Suárez, and eventually Lionel Messi, the club is currently falling well short regarding quality in the position required to push back up the table and run down rivals Real Madrid.

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