Barcelona and Josep Maria Bartomeu have shortlisted Manchester United and Real Madrid target as their next striker with Luis Suarez struggling.
The 20-year-old has been in good form for Ajax this season and has already scored eight goals and recorded a further three assists for the Eredivisie side. However, with Luis Suarez struggling for goals, Barcelona have targeted Kasper Dolberg as their next goal-scoring machine. While Luis Suarez has improved over the last few months, the Uruguayan has struggled for goals especially in the first half of the season.
But despite that, the 30-year-old does have eleven La Liga goals to his name, despite going goal-less in the group stages of the Champions League. This has does nothing good for the former Liverpool striker and has further fuelled both speculations and even rumors that the Barcelona striker is no longer at his best.
According to reports from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartemou believes that Suarez is no longer the striker they brought in four odd years ago. It further adds that the Catalan giants have targeted both Antoine Griezmann and now Kasper Dolberg to replace the striker.
Comfortable to play anywhere across the front line, Dolberg is very similar to Griezmann in many ways. Both the Barca targets have exceptional link-up play and close control, but not only that Dolberg’s ability to drop in and manipulate the “hole” brilliantly makes him that much better. His awareness on the field is second to a few, and has the ability to split defense and even run and press for the ball.
The Dane has been linked with several Premier League clubs including the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and even Everton, but Barcelona has been the primary horse in the race. Despite that, Kasper Dolberg has kept his head down and kept performing well, and has already managed to score 31 goals and record a further 10 assists in just 73 appearances for Ajax’s senior side.
While Kasper Dolberg is certainly an excting prospect and definetly one of the stars of the future, the Dane will certainly need time to adjust to the La Liga. Which means to give him that time, Barcelona will have to bring him to the club during the January transfer window, as that provides him with six months to adjust to league.
On the other hand, the 20 year old could spend few more years at the Eredivisie improving his skills and then venture out into the big bad world.