With the Neymar deal swiftly wrapped up, sparing us from a summer of will-he-won't-he, it must be frustrating for Barcelona fans to see the Daily Mail linking their club with Juan Mata and The Guardian talking up a possible move for Fernando Torres.
Not because either of those would necessarily be bad signings, but because La Blaugrana are screaming out for a centre-back.
According to Sky Sports, Laurent Koscielny is the latest defender linked with a move to Camp Nou, but Barcelona were stung last summer by rushing through the unnecessary signing of Alex Song—why risk the same mistake?
That Song move came about after they missed out on Milan defender Thiago Silva, who instead opted for a move to Paris Saint-Germain. But as uncertainty continues over the future of the French club's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, Silva's admitted to Sky Sport Italia that he feels unsettled (via Yahoo Sport):
"The doubt surrounding him at the moment is hard to take. I hope that an agreement will be reached as soon as possible, because the situation is tough for us players as well."
Silva is thought to be back on Barcelona's radar, according to MARCA, and president Sandro Rosell has spoken during a press conference out this week about the difficulties any potential move for the defender would encounter (via Goal.com):
We never say never but it would be difficult to negotiate—very difficult. We have not contacted PSG because the player's wages are very high. We can afford it [the salary] but it could upset the dressing room.
It's never worth upsetting the dressing room, but if the Brazilian defender is prepared to drop his salary, to be in line with the club's top earners, then they should do everything they can to ensure they bring him—not Mata or Torres—to Catalunya.
Carles Puyol has recently turned 35 and, as he's set to undergo his second knee operation of the year, there are obvious question marks over how much input he can continue to have at the top level.
Javier Mascherano, however good and consistent he is for large chunks of the year, is always just one mistake away from vilification, while Marc Bartra has yet to fully convince people that he is ready to be more than a squad player just yet.
|n Silva, 28, Barcelona would have one of the best defenders in the world—you only have to look at the defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League to realise how much they need him.
He's physically strong, reads the game extremely well and has the technical ability to fit straight in at Barcelona.
His performances against Barca in the Champions League for PSG earned him a lot of praise and even forced Twitter troll Joey Barton into taking back his "overrated, fat Brazilian" comment, as Metro reports.
He would command a large transfer fee, although it seems that's not the stumbling block—the wages are.
While he's away at the Confederations Cup with Brazil, perhaps he'll seek some advice from Barca players Neymar and Dani Alves. Both of whom would no doubt encourage him to make the move from France to Spain.
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