Luis Garcia wants Barca to sign Haaland and Isak to fill in the void left by Luis Suarez

Suarez was right to quit Barca for Atletico as the Catalans were in a 'bit of a mess' last summer, according to the ex-Blaugrana.

The Uruguayan's exit was a 'big blow' from Barcelona.

The Catalans should sign Erling Haaland or Alexander Isak as none of Messi, Griezmann and Braithwaite is suited to play the no. 9 for Barca, says Garcia.

“The departure of Suarez was a big loss. I think Barcelona were in a bit of a mess with the chairman, the new coach arriving and the situation with Lionel Messi,” former Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia told Goal.

“I think the best way for Suarez was to find a way out and not to fight Barcelona. He did well there and of course, Atletico Madrid were there waiting for him. Diego Costa was injured and they saw the chance to bring in Suarez.  

“And look at where he is now, getting sharper every weekend and top scorer of La Liga. He is showing how much of a killer he is inside the area.

“I think it was a big blow for Barcelona as it’s difficult to find a centre-forward like him, especially with the pandemic and a lack of money. We saw it in the January transfer market and how there were not many big moves. And it is no different for Barcelona.

“Of course, there are a few strikers out there. We’ve got Haaland on top, a striker who is a different number nine to what Barcelona are used to. They have been playing Antoine Griezmann as a number nine and also Messi and Martin Braithwaite. But these are not forwards who are built for this kind of Barcelona. 

“Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad is another striker who I really like to watch. He’s a young talent, tall, has quality on the ball. 

“So there are a few strikers who I would like to see at Barcelona. But again, it will be very different without having money to spend, so we will have to wait and see.”

Both Isak and Haaland have been linked with a move to Camp Nou over the past few months. The Sociedad striker looks a more affordable option for the Catalans as he's now valued at €22m by Transfermarkt.

The Borussia Dortmund hitman's current market value stands at €110m and it's not quite clear how the Blaugrana could afford him, considering the club's poor financial situation.

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