Adriano, who is eagerly awaiting for the clubs to each an agreement, continues to train under Luis Enrique’s watchful eye as if nothing was happening behind the scenes, a true testament to his admirable professionalism
Adriano is the player every manager needs in a successful squad. Always eager to sacrifice his individual brilliance for the overall benefit of the team, the Brazilian full-back always performs to a high standard despite being aware that his position as a back-up player is not likely to change.
Barcelona signed Adriano from Sevilla in the summer of 2010 for a transfer fee of €9.5 million. After five seasons at the Camp Nou, the 30-year-old Brazilian can be proud of having added an impressive 12 trophies to a resume that was already boasting two UEFA cups, two Copa del Rey and a Copa America, amongst others, before his arrival.
Although Adriano's career has been very successful when it comes to winning championships, the undeniable truth is that his influence in such success has not been as decisive as he should have hoped for. Despite making 170 appearances during his time at Barcelona, the vast majority have come as a substitute as the No.21 could never convince any of his Blaugrana managers to grant him a place in the starting XI.
To his credit, Adriano has not once publicly complained about his secondary role at the Camp Nou, always respectful of the decisions made by either Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Gerardo Martino or, currently, Luis Enrique. His admirable attitude and professionalism, despite being only given chances to feature when regular starters were unavailable, are admirable, a rarity in the selfish, self-centered world that modern football has become.
Luis Enrique could not have been any clearer: Whoever wants to leave Barcelona should pay their buyout clause in full. In Adriano’s case, €90M.
Now 30 years of age, however, it is totally understandable that Adriano has his sights set on a move elsewhere, a team where he can truly make a difference on the pitch on a weekly basis. Having already secured more silverware than the vast majority of professionals can only dream of, the moment is now right for the talented Brazilian to continue his career in a club where he can play a decisive role.
Paulo Afonso, Adriano's agent, explained “Adriano has a great relationship with everyone at Barcelona. He still has a year on his contract, and the Blaugrana hierarchy have been very good with us. With his performances, Adriano has won 20 trophies in 10 years at Barcelona. The player is highly-rated by his teammates, the staff and Luis Enrique, but Adriano thinks it’s time for a change of scene. It’s time to face new challenges and seize and opportunity. Playing for a big, historic Italian team is an enticing prospect for Adriano, who would like to face new challenges and goals with Roma. At the moment, since we’re both professionals, we must handle the situation with intelligence and patience, to find an agreement between the two teams. It’s essential to conclude negotiations for the transfer of the player.”
Barcelona have become a club willing to pay over the odds to attract new talent but frustratingly clumsy when negotiating a transfer fee in exchange for those players who, for whatever reason, are not included in the manager’s plans for the future. In recent times, the Catalans sold Gerard Deulofeu to Everton for €6 million, Jonathan Dos Santos to Villarreal for €2M and Bojan Krkic, who scored over 400 goals while at the La Masia youth system, for just €1.7M -- a tendency which is slowly but surely hurting the club’s economy.
Luis Enrique could not have been any clearer: Whoever wants to leave Barcelona should pay their buyout clause in full. In Adriano’s case, €90M. As far as the Asturian manager is concerned, his team is now complete after the recent additions of Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan and, unless the club’s demands are fully met, the squad will remain untouched.
If Roma can increase their €4M offer for the Brazilian, Culers could very well be about to witness the departure of a player.
However, and considering that Adriano’s age, current worth in the transfer market and years of unquestionable dedication to the Blaugrana, offers in the region of the €9.5M that the club paid to Sevilla back in 2010 should suffice, in my opinion. A profit would not be made at that price, but the Brazilian is a player whose value has been already amortised and if, as seems to be the case, he is willing to move on, then he should be allowed to do so on terms which won’t hurt Barcelona’s finances.
Adriano, who is eagerly awaiting for the clubs to each an agreement, continues to train under Luis Enrique’s watchful eye as if nothing was happening behind the scenes, a true testament to his admirable professionalism.
If Roma can increase their initial €4M offer for the hard-working Brazilian full-back, Culers could very well be about to witness the departure of a player who, despite rarely making the front pages, has contributed to the team’s recent success with an exemplary attitude both on and off the pitch.