Barcelona Transfer Rumours: 5 Latest Names Linked to Blaugrana

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 24, 2013

Barcelona Transfer Rumours: 5 Latest Names Linked to Blaugrana

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    Barcelona is one of the few big clubs that isn't subject to continual transfer rumours, but that doesn't mean players aren't linked to the club at all.

    Despite their dominance of club football in the last few seasons, Barcelona still needs to strengthen certain areas in the squad.

    The quality of the young players they produce means constant transfers aren't necessary, but a few names on this list would strengthen the side.

    Here are the five latest names linked to the Blaugrana. 

Wayne Rooney

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    According to the Express, Barcelona are interested in Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.

    It's becoming clearer each game that Barcelona need more help in the attack, and Rooney may be one option for the club in that regard.

    The English striker has had to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie in the goal-scoring department this season, but he's still an important contributor for United.

    Rooney currently has 16 goals and 13 assists in 34 games for United this season, and he's featured in a number of positions throughout the season. 

Vincent Kompany

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    If there's one area Barcelona needs to add quality, it's central defense.

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is reportedly being considered as a target for Barcelona, with Alexis Sanchez to be offered in a potential player-plus-cash deal (via the Mirror).

    The Belgian defender cemented himself as one of the best in the game during City's title-winning 2011/12 season.

    Kompany has strength, pace and is great at sniffing out threats with his positional awareness. His composure on the ball also makes him an intriguing target for a team that likes to play out from the back.

    He is soon to enter his prime, and would be a great replacement for Carles Puyol.

Mats Hummels

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    talkSPORT reports that Barcelona could face competition from Manchester United and Arsenal to sign German defender Mats Hummels.

    Despite not being the fastest player, Hummels would bring similar traits to the Barcelona squad that Vincent Kompany would.

    His composure on the ball and passing out from the back would be especially beneficial, but the German is also strong in the air and in the tackle.

    A duo of him and Gerard Pique would be formidable, though there would be a worry of getting beaten by speedy attackers. 

Neymar

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    Neymar's name has again popped up in relation to Barcelona, with both the Metro and the Mirror reporting on the Brazilian's interest in a move to the Spanish side.

    Barcelona is considered to be the front-runners to sign the Santos star, who can play in all the positions in the front three.

    Goal.com recently reported that talks are set to commence between the sides.

    Brazilian legend Ronaldo believes that a deal is close between the player and club, again according to Goal.com.

Michel Vorm

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    With Victor Valdes' future at the club still uncertain, Barcelona have been linked with a number of goalkeepers lately.

    According to the Mirror, Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is one possible target.

    The 29-year-old has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League since joining, and had a fantastic debut season with the Welsh club.

    Vorm may be seen as an ideal replacement for Valdes due to his distribution as well as his calm play when the ball is at his feet.