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Barça B looks for a boost in the winter market

Garcia Pimienta directing a training / FC Barcelona
Garcia Pimienta directing a training / FC Barcelona

Although the club can’t make new major signings, Barça B is strengthening the squad by enrolling younger players that are already working consistently with them, such as Ilaix Moriba, Nico González or Gerard Fernández “Peque”. Minor transfers or loans could also take place to create new roster spots

Winter transfer window finally arrived, and both the first and the “B” teams are looking to adjust their rosters in order to improve their performances. While the first team is finalizing the loan of Carles Aleñà to Getafe, Barça B will also make some moves to fix the team and try to compete for the promotion.

The first thing on the list, according to Ferran Martínez of Mundo Deportivo, is to create some roster spots available for the youngsters. Alex Balde, Ilaix Moriba, Nico González and Gerard Fernández “Peque” have become important pieces for Garcia Pimienta, and the coach would love to free up some space for them. To achieve that, they’ll have to part ways with less important players and remove (not sell) others from the squad able to play official matches (22 players).

Andrés Solano will be one of them for sure, since his injury will rule him out for the whole season, but other names like Igor Gomes (long term injury) could also be chosen. On the other hand, Àlex Sala already terminated his contract and Carlos “Peke” Polo is looking for a way out. Matheus Pereira and Rey Manaj could be transferred, since their wages (especially Pereira’s) are high and García Pimienta doesn’t have much confidence of them. In fact, they’re on the team because Xavi Vilajoana, former youth director and now pre-candidate, didn’t manage to sell them last summer.

One of the players that might be added to the squad is Sergi Rosanas. The right-back, a much-needed position at Barça B, recently recovered from a shoulder injury that needed surgery and sidelined him for 5 months, but Barça promised him to be part of the group on the second half of the season.

Another name that’s coming up again is Roger Riera. The former La Masia alum almost signed last summer, and NAC Breda’s financial issues could bring him home for free now. He’ll be 26 next month, so it’ll be an addition to reinforce the team’s aspirations regarding the promotion. Riera, a centre-back, will provide experience and will cover the absence of Óscar Mingueza, since he’ll be working with the first team unless they finally sign Eric Garcia.

In conclusion, you should expect some moves on the Barça B roster. They want to define a new youth policy and fight for promotion, so it’s expected to suffer some substantial changes, although no new signings will take place unless they’re added for free.

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