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Barcelona Make Offer To Sign This Veteran Midfielder: Good Choice For Xavi?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, journalist Gerard Romero revealed that Barcelona have made a contract offer to sign Villarreal midfielder Dani Parejo. It has been claimed that the Catalan club has offered the Spanish talent a one-year contract.

Parejo’s Decent Form At The Estadio de la Cerámica Last Season

Parejo enjoyed another impressive season with the Yellow Submarine and did well to put in a string of productive displays for them at the centre of the park. The Spaniard made 50 appearances for the Spanish club in the previous campaign, netting three goals and picking up six assists in the process across all fronts.

The 34-year-old was a consistent performer in both halves based on his average of 1.9 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 0.8 clearances, 0.8 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield after making 90.6% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Parejo is under contract at Villarreal until the summer of 2024. Thus, it makes sense for Barca to launch a cut-price move for him in this off-season.

Dani Parejo
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – MARCH 09: Dani Parejo of Villarreal in action during the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 leg one match between RSC Anderlecht and Villarreal CF at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on March 09, 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Is Parejo A Good Choice For Barcelona Boss Xavi?

Parejo is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when needed and can even set up some decent chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half.

The Spanish talent can shoot the ball with power from long range as well. He is primarily a box-to-box midfielder but can even operate as a defensive midfielder or play in the number ten position if told to do so.

We can expect Parejo to add more bite and steel to Barcelona boss Xavi’s midfield department. He might even increase competition for places within Barca‘s match-day squad.

At 34, Parejo has still got a couple of decent seasons left in him which makes him a decent, short-term choice for the Catalan club to pursue during this summer transfer period. He has got a wealth of experience at the highest level and could help Barca challenge for some major honours over the next couple of years.

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