Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Jordi Alba, Neymar and Daniel Agger
FC Barcelona had what most teams would consider a good season.
Barcelona also won the Copa del Rey. Furthermore, star player Lionel Messi scored an unprecedented 50 goals during the La Liga season.
However, for Barcelona, that isn't good enough.
The team expects greatness. Therefore, after failing to capture their fourth straight La Liga title and failing to make it to the Champions League final, this team knows there is room to improve.
That being said, there are very few gaps in the current Barcelona squad. It should take just a few pieces to get them to where they want to be.
They signed Jordi Alba and are believed to be looking at signing Neymar and Daniel Agger. If they do, they will be the favorites to win it all next season.
Here is the latest on Barcelona's three big transfer targets.
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Last month, Barcelona agreed to a five-year deal with Jordi Alba for a €14 million fee.
The Spanish defender was heading into the last year of his contract with Valencia and exercised his buy-out clause.
Alba had a good three years with Valencia, scoring five goals and playing in 74 games. He also made the Spanish international team for the first time. The 23-year-old had 11 caps and scored in the Euro 2012 final against Italy.
Alba is a very solid player. At 23, he is just starting to enter his prime, and has room to grow and improve. Barcelona is one of the best places he can do that.
Look for Alba to do well as Barcelona continues their winning ways.
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Over the last couple of months, it has been reported that Barcelona are going to make a move for Santos forward Neymar.
Duncan Castles of The National reported on the talks during the winter transfer window, and said that the Brazilian will cost the club in the region of €60 million.
Some might think that the price too high, and that Neymar can be a little selfish on the field. However, it is hard to deny that he has amazing talent. At just 19 years old, he is one of the biggest names in the world.
He has spent time with the Brazilian national team and has played well.
Neymar has great footwork and amazing touch. He can do things with a ball that looks like a video game. If Barcelona can tame his wild side, he will be a great asset for them for years to come.
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It is a little unclear as to who Daniel Agger will play for next year.
According to Paul Doyle of The Guardian, Barcelona are trying to sign the 27-year-old defender after they failed to sign Javi Martinez.
Agger has been playing for Liverpool for the last six years. According to ESPN, he would like to re-sign with them. He is still under contract with the Anfield outfit until 2014, and he might not be going anywhere.
Still, Barcelona has a lot to offer, and would most likely give him more money. Agger started 24 games for Liverpool this year and is a solid player. He also plays for the Denmark national team.
It will be interesting to see how hard Barcelona pushes for Agger, considering he wants to re-sign with the Reds.