Barcelona to get rid of Pique?

Barcelona to get rid of Pique?

Barcelona living legend Gerard Pique is close to changing his club registration! He risks leaving Camp Nou after fourteen very productive years as part of Blaugrana!

According to the Spanish press, at the end of the 2021/22 season, Xavi and Pique had a long conversation, during which the manager told the player that he no longer sees him in the first team. It is not surprising, because Gerard turned 35 years old in February - this is a respectable age even for a defender. And Xavi plans to build a new young team at Barcelona. Already, 23-year-old Ronald Araujo, 21-year-old Eric Garcia and 23-year-old Oscar Mingueza play an important role in it. It is clear that Pique took six trophies a year at their age. But today the Catalans are much weaker than under Guardiola.

During the past year, Gerard Pique played 34 matches, scored two goals, and also received 11 yellow and one red cards. As you can see, with age, the defender lost his speed and the ability to pick the right position. But the colossal experience is still the strength of the 35-year-old world and European champion. Despite Xavi's firm stance, Gerard is still counting on the role of the team's main centre-back. Moreover, his contract with Blaugrana expires in 2024 already.

Another obstacle to Pique's desires is his huge salary. It's no secret that against the backdrop of the financial crisis, Barcelona had to cut the income of all players, including the club's senators. Not only Piqué, but also Busquets, Alba or Ter Stegen were unlikely to like such a situation. Therefore, finding a potential buyer for Gerard will be very difficult.

Who could host a once-best center back in the world? There are definitely no candidates in Spain, Germany and France. In England, Piqué could go to any team in the middle of the peloton, given their high solvency. In Italy, Juventus likes to collect experienced players, but they need a replacement for the departed Giorgio Chiellini. But the best option for the Barcelona No. 3 would be to move to the MLS. European “downed pilots” are highly valued there and are ready to satisfy their financial requests for the sake of the growing popularity of the league. The same Inter Miami of David Beckham would have taken such a step without any problems.

And yet, we believe that Pique will honestly work out his contract with Barcelona, ​​after which he will hang up his boots. Gerard will agree to a pay cut and is guaranteed to lose his place in the first team. And if Blaugrana are already determined to get rid of him, then the option of finishing a glorious career in the United States will be the most optimal.