Barcelona Transfer News: Latest Offseason Rumours After Adding Neymar
Having sealed Neymar early, Barcelona are now linked with a series of new names as they look to rebuild ahead of next season.
The transfer saga regarding the young Brazilian may have been as long and drawn out as a George R.R Martin series, but the Blaugrana have indeed done themselves a favour in securing him early in the offseason.
Sandro Rosell and the Barca technical staff now have plenty of time to address other issues within the squad.
Let's take a look at some of the latest players rumoured to be following in Neymar's footsteps.
Thiago Silva: An Impossible Priority?
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Barcelona has a recent history of frustratingly obsessing over certain players.
Cesc Fabregas, Neymar...
28-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva is the latest name Barca just will not give up on.
For Vilanova, PSG's Thiago Silva is the only centre back option. Transfer almost impossible, but Barcelona monitoring events at PSG. [as]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) May 23, 2013
In Spain, Marca reports that the Brazilian is seen as the ideal solution to Barca's defensive problem, and he has been for a while.
In April, Silva confirmed (via ESPN) he had been speaking with the Catalans last year, but had already committed his future to PSG, to whom he moved for €42 million.
This week, however, the Brazilian's agent quashed rumours of a possible move, assuring that Silva "will not go to Barcelona" and that "he will continue his career in France" (via Goal.com).
Cue more rumours anyway.
Other CB Options
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With the possibility of seeing Thiago Silva in the Blaugrana next year looking increasingly unlikely, Barca have been linked with a number of alternatives in central defence.
Interest seems to have cooled on Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels, who may be seen as a player too similar to Gerard Pique.
SPORT, in Spain, reports that Tito Vilanova would prefer a player with more physical qualities, particularly pace and height.
Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu, who has played both centrally and down the left flank, is the latest player linked with the Catalans (via Goal.com).
The Frenchman, however, is hardly on the level that Barca need.
A clear candidate is yet to present itself, as Barca fans continue to chew their nails nervously in hope that their club finally does something about a problem that goes back more than one season.
Fabregas to United?
Cesc Fabregas' return to his boyhood club has been far from ideal.
Barca's No. 4 began his latest campaign brightly but struggled for form after Christmas and ultimately found himself on the bench (again) in the big games.
It has been a classic case of the square peg in a round hole.
Despite Fabregas insisting he is happy at "home", he has not definitively ruled out the possibility of moving (via ESPN).
Barcelona vice-president Josep Bartomeu was equally as unconvincing when he told Goal.com that "Cesc will only leave the club if he himself wants to move on".
The likely outcome is that Fabregas will remain in Barcelona next season, but if it is as ordinary as the last, he may indeed change his mind.
Thiago Considers His Future
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Fabregas is not the only Barcelona midfielder that Manchester United are considering.
The Daily Mirror have also reported that the Red Devils have made an €18 million bid for Thiago Alcantara, who is currently impressing at the Euro U21 Championship with Spain.
While Barcelona see Thiago as a key part of their future, the situation is complicated by a clause in his contract, which has seen his fee for release reduced from €90 million to €18 million due to insufficient playing time last season (via Marca).
Thus, if Thiago were to decide to look for more opportunities elsewhere, it would be a monumental failure on the part of Barcelona's management.
Last month, Jordi Roura claimed (via Goal.com) that it "is not our job to bear in mind the players' contracts." He was horribly wrong.
Actually, that is precisely part of a manager's job.
The player himself nonchalantly said he will "see what happens" after the Euro U21 Championship wraps up in Israel (via Goal.com).
This is definitely one to follow with bated breath.
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