Barcelona Transfers: 5 Late Deals Fans Would Love to See Happen
Ladies and gentleman, drum roll please...
This weekend, on Sunday to be precise, Barcelona return to La Liga action at home to Joaquin Caparros' Levante.
Preseason friendlies are over and preparations should be complete, but while the transfer window remains open, there will always be the feeling that it's not really "complete."
Neymar has been the only arrival at Camp Nou this summer despite heavily linked interest from the club in several other players.
With the possibility of more deals still being struck, which movements would Barca fans love to see happen?
However, Drayton expected that to be on Monday. It is now Tuesday and there are no reports of Luiz about to immediately jump ship from England to the Spanish coast.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has made it clear the Brazilian defender is not available:
"My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time. We don't want to lose our best players. No chance."
Nationality considered—plus his ability for a bit of flair on the ball—most Barcelona fans would probably be excited if Sandro Rosell and Gerardo Martino were able to pull this deal off.
The clock is ticking though...
While David Luiz has emerged as the choice candidate, Jan Vertonghen, via Mirror Football's Darren Lewis, and Daniel Agger, via The Guardian's Andy Hunter, continue to be linked with summer moves to Camp Nou.
One man surprisingly absent from that list is Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez.
The 22-year-old has been impressive at the heart of La Real's defense for the past two seasons now and could be seen as an obvious successor to Carles Puyol.
Martinez's colleague Asier Illarramendi moved to Real Madrid this summer for his buyout clause, and it's likely the Basque side would demand the same for their Spanish centre-back.
With such a bright future in the game, Martinez is unlikely to get any cheaper, and Barca fans would be keen to see him and Gerard Pique strike up a relationship over the coming seasons.
Chances of it happening this window though? Slim to none.
Manchester Cit's talented young Spaniard Denis Suarez could be up for grabs during this window, and Barcelona could be about to pounce.
Matthew Morlidge of The Daily Mail reported that Barca are prepared to pay £3.5 million for the young Galician, with his recent exclusion from City's trip to Helsinki adding more weight to the rumors.
Suarez, 19, is a creative midfielder who has represented Spain from the U-17 level right through to the U-20 level, playing at this summer's U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Unlikely to step straight into the first team, Suarez would be expected to drop into Barca's B team ahead of the new season in La Segunda. With the loss of players like Gerard Deulofeu and Luis Alberto from that side, Suarez would be a welcome addition.
He's the sort of signing who would excite fans with his potential and technique, despite not being an immediate first-team inclusion.
It's fair to say that since then that deal—perhaps fairly obviously—has fizzled out.
Despite the combination of Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, it would still be fairly exciting if Barca managed to swoop for Johnny Kills—as nicknamed by his Chelsea colleagues.
His age, 25, and his technical ability—watch his feet whir—would make him a more than suitable partner for the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Iniesta for years to come.
On the probability scale, though, it would be extremely weighted towards "not happening."
Still, it would be pretty exciting if this deal did burst from nowhere, perhaps as a knock-on effect if Chelsea ever manage to sign Wayne Rooney.
One player Barcelona fans would love to see drawn into some late transfer window excitement is Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
They wouldn't like to sign him though, rather see him ditch Los Blancos for a return to Manchester United—or even somewhere in France for wages surmountable to owning the world.
The 28-year-old has been at the heart of anything good in which Madrid have done over the past three seasons.
As people speculate over who will come out trumps in La Liga this season, Barca would surely feel more confident were Carlo Ancelotti's men to be sans Ronaldo for the forthcoming campaign.
However, there's something to be said for beating teams when they are as strong as possible.
Which boat would you be in?