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Barcelona Could Move In For This West Ham United Star: What Will He Bring To The Nou Camp?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Barcelona could move in for West Ham United star Pablo Fornals this month. It is believed that the Catalan giants could launch a move for the Spanish playmaker if they fail to land Bernardo Silva from Manchester City during this summer transfer window.

Fornals’ Decent Record For West Ham Last Season

The 26-year-old enjoyed an encouraging season at the London Stadium after he produced a run of fruitful performances as a key member of David Moyes’ attack. Fornals found the back of the net on six occasions and picked up seven assists in 54 matches for the East London club in the previous campaign across multiple competitions.

The Spanish talent was a consistent performer in the final third as he averaged 1.2 shots, 1.3 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He was distributed the ball relatively well based on his pass success rate of 78.1% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Fornals’ current contract with the Hammers will run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, Barca will find it difficult to acquire his services before the transfer deadline. Still, there is no denying that the six-time Spain international could prove to be a shrewd addition to Xavi’s squad this summer.

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What Will Fornals Bring To Barcelona?

Fornals has got the vision to create some decent plays for others around him and can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range. He can even make some clever runs with the ball in and around the opposition’s penalty box. Fornals is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even operate as a centre-forward or play as a winger on either flank if his manager asks him to do so.

The Spanish sensation has got what it takes to be a success story at a top club like Barcelona where he will be guaranteed UEFA Champions League football every season.

We can expect Fornals to bring more creativity and guile to Xavi‘s attack at the Nou Camp. He will no doubt increase competition for places within Barca‘s match-day squad and could help the Catalan club challenge for some top honours over the next few years.

At 26, Fornals will only get better in the coming seasons as long as he can steer clear of injuries which makes him a good choice for Xavi to consider before the end of this summer transfer window.

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