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FC Barcelona sign Flamengo midfielder Gerson

Gerson’s inclusion highlights manager Ronald Koeman’s willingness to add more attacking options in the midfield.

The pre-season transfer period is getting all the more intriguing with the best European clubs aiming to add some of the best upcoming stars. The recent transfer of Flamengo FC midfielder Gerson’s transfer to FC Barcelona is generating a lot of interest. As per reports, the deal is done and the Catalans’ have finalized the deal. Gerson earlier played for AS Roma from 2016 to 2019 and in between moving to Fiorentina on loan from 2018-19 before moving to Flamengo.

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The club bosses have set a valuation of 25 million Euros for the former AS Roma player. The midfielder’s addition could provide variety and an additional attacking source to manager Ronald Koeman. Gerson has showcased brilliant control when holding the ball with his skilful dribbles combined with his unpredictable speed.

The Brazilian’s teamwork with central midfielders Piralem Pjanic and Frankie De Jong could provide a combination of defensive and attacking play as Pjanic is more defensive with his possession while De Jong is capable of accelerating with his pace. Gerson can alter his play both ways and playing under Ronald Koeman would enable him to be technically competent and tactically organized.

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How will Gerson fit in at FC Barcelona?

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Manager Koeman normally employs a 4-2-3-1 formation which could enable Gerson to partner well with left-winger Ansu Fati and right-winger Ousmane Dembele. Star player Lionel Messi also plays in the right-wing and whether it is his ability to set up goals, score goals or his ability to build up play you can’t keep Messi out of action. Messi’s onfield networking from the right wing with Gerson could be successful as the 24-year-old has showcased clever understanding with his positioning inside the box.

Gerson is a box to box midfielder and has an eye for a goal. His ability to convert goals through open play and set-pieces is the reason why Barcelona FC was keen to sign the Brazilian. Playing under Ronald Koeman could make him strategically aware of the opposition’s game plan and adjustable to different situations and opponents. Koeman and the team management needs to give enough game time to Gerson that will make him proactive with his decision making and help him perform consistently.

Gerson’s inclusion highlights manager Ronald Koeman’s willingness to add more attacking options in the midfield and create a bench strength for the future. Teams like Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur had earlier shown interest in the youngster but the Catalans’ had the last laugh in bringing the midfielder to Camp Nou. Gerson’s addition would be a big boost and it will surely add an attacking flair to the setup.

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