FC Barcelona: 5 Potential Summer Signings to Make Them Stronger Next Season

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMay 1, 2012

FC Barcelona: 5 Potential Summer Signings to Make Them Stronger Next Season

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    Barcelona is still the best team in Europe but the last few weeks and this season as a whole show that the club needs more depth.

    The team has arguably the most talented midfield in game right now with seven—Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Seydou Keita—very good players for the three-man midfield. That is without mentioning players like Jonathan Dos Santos coming through the ranks.

    Where Barcelona needs the most help is in both the forward and defensive areas of the game, and there are few players who could actually make the team stronger.

    Here are a few potential summer signings that would make Barcelona stronger next season.

Jordi Alba

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    Jordi Alba has been linked with the club before and as a former Barcelona youth product he wouldn't have too much trouble fitting in.

    Alba would be the team's left back for the future and could even become the starter right away if Eric Abidal's health issue don't go away easily.

Fernando Llorente

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    Fernando Llorente would provide Barcelona with an interesting forward option for their style of play.

    Despite his size, Llorente is mobile and technical enough that he could do well at Barcelona. This doesn't necessarily mean that Llorente could be seen occupying the wings, but he could still a good fit for the club.

    He is more of a team player than Zlatan Ibrahimovic was and he has played with some of the Barcelona players on the international level.

Edinson Cavani

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    Edinson Cavani would also bring a height dimension to Barcelona's attack but he could be an even better fit for the club considering his versatility.

    Cavani could play on the wings and has the speed, mobility and technical skills to fit in with Barcelona's style of play.

Alberto Botia

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    Alberto Botia is another defender and another former Barcelona product. He has great experience in La Liga and would be solid rotational player for the club.

    Before he left, Pep Guardiola found it difficult to play youngsters like Andreu Fontas and Marc Muniesa and instead opted for Javier Mascherano in central defense numerous times.

    Botia would be an experienced and strong defender and provide much-needed depth for the Blaugrana.

Thiago Silva

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    Thiago Silva would certainly be an expensive signing for the club but he would be well worth it. He would ease any troubles the Blaugrana have in defense but he would be hard to get.

    His status at AC Milan and the potential price tag are potential roadblocks for his signing. Silva has been linked with the club before, and it's possible newly appointed manager Tito Vilanova could still go after him.