After a knee operation, the Luis Suarez season is almost over. During the winter mercato, Barcelona was diligently looking for a replacement, but all the slopes – Rodrigo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Richarlison – proved unfeasible or unaffordable.
Only the Chinese club Sinobo Guoan wanted to cooperate on a lease with the option to purchase Cédric Bakambu. The Congolese attacker, ex-Villareal, also saw such a construction. The 28-year-old striker boarded the plane to Spain in South Korea, with a stopover in Hong Kong.
But Bakambu did not eventually land on European soil. During his transfer he was told that Eric Abidal, technical director of Barcelona, had canceled the transfer.
On Twitter the Congolese could still laugh with it. “Until another time, Antoine Griezmann,” he wrote. He also immediately asked transfer website Transfermarkt to add “almost Barcelona” to his playing history, with success.