Biggest Summer Transfer Need for Each Champions League Quarterfinalist

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentApril 2, 2013

Biggest Summer Transfer Need for Each Champions League Quarterfinalist

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    Here are the biggest summer transfer needs for each UEFA Champions League quarterfinalist: Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid, Galatasaray, Málaga and Borussia Dortmund.

    This article will go through a transfer need for each team and suggest a transfer target.

    Please comment below with your opinions.

Barcelona

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    Major Transfer Needs: Goalkeeper and Centre-Back

    Víctor Valdés did the right thing in notifying Barcelona in advance about his intentions to play out his contract (per ESPN FC).

    Sid Lowe at SI.com documented the melodramatic media reaction to Valdés' decision:

    Santi Nolla, the El Mundo Deportivo editor, insisted the announcement was not necessary. "Valdés," he said, "has broken the rules."

    It was described as an act of "treachery."

    That was nothing compared to Sport. It was furious; the (faux?) moral outrage was set to full blast, the aggressiveness of the response startling.

    "Valdés leaves Barcelona high and dry" shouted the cover.

    "He didn't even want to negotiate," complained the headline inside.

    In his column, the paper's founder, Josep María Casanovas, accused him of leaving a "time-bomb" ticking in the dressing room: "neither his father nor his agent wanted to even negotiate. How badly advised he is!"

    I'd hate to think how the media would respond if Víctor emulated what Mathieu Flamini did to Marseille and subsequently to Arsenal.

    Valdés wanting to go outside his comfort zone shows immense character.

    It's also a good thing for Barça, who can now (hopefully) sign a goalkeeper that is consistently world-class.

    David de Gea? Manchester United won't let him go.

    Marc-André ter Stegen is a name that has been thrown about by culés, but the German hasn't replicated his previous season [1].

    It would be a calculated risk to buy him, but he is undoubtedly the closest thing to Oliver Kahn, who also had dips in form throughout his illustrious career.

    The safest bet would be Vicente Guaita, who has shown moments of excellence in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

    Moving on to centre-back—the Blaugrana's Achilles' heel.

    Carles Puyol is so injury-prone that he could take deer-antler spray (which is illegal), and he would still break down—he literally has sacrificed his body for the club.

    Gerard Piqué has rested on his laurels.

    When people are asked to suggest a centre-half for Barcelona, the name that generally comes out is Mats Hummels.

    This is despite the fact that he extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund till 2017 and being out with torn ligaments.

    Give Marc Bartra, a talented 22-year-old centre-back, a chance, and he may end up being the solution.

     

     

    [1] They lost Dante to Bayern Munich and have no security blanket in midfield after Roman Neustädter left for Schalke. Oscar Wendt and Filip Daems are not first-class left-backs, Álvaro Domínguez needs more time (as was the case with Dante) and several teammates have clashed with young gun Granit Xhaka.

Bayern Munich

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    Major Transfer Need: None!

    There are three European clubs that consistently win in the transfer market: Bayern Munich, Porto and Benfica.

    Bayern are the biggest of the three and have constructed a squad capable of being a dynasty.

    In the coming seasons, they will seriously challenge Benfica's mythic 29 straight league wins (which was almost broken by Dinamo Zagreb six years ago).

    The one concern with this Bayern team is Jerome Boateng.

    He has low football IQ, relies heavily on his athleticism, loses his player on set-pieces, is shielded by a world-class defender in Dante and is very rarely drawn out of position due to Philipp Lahm being Philipp Lahm.

    Jerome would be the weak link, but is he an accident-waiting-to-happen like Jeffrey Bruma? No.

    If that was the case, Boateng would be warming the benches, and Bayern wouldn't have the best defensive record in Europe's top leagues—having only conceded 13 league goals in 27 games.

    Bayern are always proactive, hence the future signing of Jan Kirchhoff in the summer (via FCBayern.com), who could end up being a starter at centre-half for Die Bayern next season.

    Bayern vs. Juventus will be like Hungary vs. Germany in the 1954 FIFA World Cup final.

    Except Juve are Germany, and Bayern are Hungary (Yes, I'm aware that Bayern are a German club).

    Every World Cup cycle, the Mighty Magyars are mentioned due to their dominance, and Bayern have been unforgettable this season.

    Of course, if you know your World Cup history, Germany pulled off Das Wunder von Bern.

    It would be a devastating psychological blow if this great Bayern side falls short in the UEFA Champions League (again).

Borussia Dortmund

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    Major Transfer Need: Centre-Forward

    Robert Lewandowski is making a massive mistake in leaving Borussia Dortmund, especially if he goes to Bayern Munich.

    Mario Mandzukić is having his best season ever. Mario Gómez can't even get regular starts. Claudio Pizarro is the most lethal third-choice striker in Europe.

    Before you ask, I don't know much about Balint Bajner, a 6'5", 22-year-old Hungarian forward playing for BVB II.

    According to transfermarkt.com, Bálint has scored four goals in 13 Liga games (German equivalent of League One)—Terrence Boyd was way more prolific, and he didn't even make it at Die Borussen.

    You would think Dortmund would target Adám Szalai of Mainz or Hannover 96's Mame Biram Diouf in the summer.

Galatasaray

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    Major Transfer Need: N/A

    Galatasaray aren't one of the clubs I follow, therefore I'm not privy to the performances of their players.

    So, I can't really suggest a major transfer need when I haven't watched them play in the Turkish Süper Lig.

    Though when I've seen them in the UEFA Champions League, they've been quite impressive, especially Burak Yilmaz, Albert Riera and Selcuk Inan.

Juventus

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    Major Transfer Need: Forwards

    Juventus' back three is impeccable. They have the most complete midfield trio in Europe, know how to get results and are tactically astute.

    What makes the Bianconeri's achievements more impressive is they've carried the attack, which has been lackluster at times.

    Sebastian Giovinco has gone missing at regular intervals of the season.

    With Fernando Llorente at the club next season, pairing him up with Alexis Sánchez would be a great partnership.

    Stevan Jovetić and Luis Suárez are FIFA 13 targets because there is no way Juve can afford either player.

Málaga

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    Major Transfer Need: Centre-Forward

    Remember when Javier Saviola was the next big thing? His four shots per goal is extremely efficient, but he drifts in and out of the game.

    Roque Santa Cruz is serviceable, but that's about it.

    Málaga are in fifth place, and they don't even have a player who has scored 10 league goals or more.

    Just goes to show how reliant they've been on their defence.

    Given how bad Málaga's finances are, Santa Cruz will most likely arrive in the summer on a Bosman (he's currently on loan. His MCFC contract expires at the end of the season).

Paris Saint-Germain

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    Major Transfer Need: Right-Back

    Gregory van der Wiel is one of the worst players in Europe right now—his lack of awareness of opposing players around him is shocking.

    Christophe Jallet is okay, but Paris Saint-Germain should have world-class players at every position.

    Signing Carlos Martínez from Real Sociedad would be a logical choice.

Real Madrid

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    Major Transfer Need: Right-Back

    The awkward moment when Daniel Carvajal, the former Real Madrid Castilla player, is significantly better than current Real Madrid right-back, Álvaro Arbeloa.

    Dani wins back the ball 7.6 times for Bayer Leverkusen, compared to Álvaro's 4.6.

    Carvajal has a combined shots created/dribbles completed total of 3.2, 2.0 higher than Arbeloa (1.2).

    Fortunately for Real, they've inserted a buy-back clause in Daniel's contract with Daniel Carvajal (per Gerry Wittmann at Bundesliga Fanatic):

    Real Madrid have a buy-back option on Carvajal for the first three seasons of his contract, meaning that Real Madrid would pay an estimated 6.5 million euros if they want the youngster back after one season, 7.0 million euros after two seasons and approximately 8.5 million euros after his third season.

     

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