Robin Van Persie and 5 Other Players Barcelona Could Buy This Summer
We know that Barcelona will be without Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol next season. Naturally, this has driven speculation in the Spanish media about whom the Catalan giants will draft in as replacements.
Our friends on the Iberian Peninsula, however, are not just talking about Barcelona plugging gaps in their defence—the likes of Sport and Mundo Deportivo are claiming that at least four players will be brought in across the lineup.
Here are the players who could wear the Blaugrana next season, including unsettled Manchester United star Robin van Persie...
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Sorry, Jose Pinto, it looks as if Barca have other plans for their number one shirt.
Borussia Monchengladbach shot stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp for some time, with Yahoo/Eurosport among those claiming the 21-year-old has already had a "secret" medical with the club. The transfer fee is thought to be €12 million.
Last weekend, however, Ter Stegen committed an own-goal howler that was nearly identical to one he let in last summer. Can Barca afford to bring in a young keeper with such a calamitous background?
A potential Puyol replacement has been touted in the form of 19-year-old Aymeric Laporte, a French Basque plying his trade at Athletic Bilbao.
What he lacks in experience he makes up for in size and versatility: he is 6'2" and can also be deployed as a left back.
Inside Spanish Football noted Barca's interest back in January, but the club would need to be willing to meet his hefty €36 million release clause.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Villarreal captain Bruno has been on Barcelona's radar for a long time.
The Spaniard may be 29 years old, but his no-nonsense approach to tackles and physicality would certainly bring a commanding presence to the defensive midfield.
Transfermarkt put his current market value at €7 million.
Barca's search for a physical presence in the midfield has also encouraged rumours about Arturo Vidal.
Thomas Muller has scored three goals in his last two Bayern Munich appearances, but his place in Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich side is not necessarily guaranteed going forward. This has led to speculation about his future, with some believing he could join Pedro and Alexis Sanchez in Barca's attack.
In recent conversation with Bild (translated by Sky Sports), Muller refused to rule out a move to Barcelona, saying: "I really enjoy being at Bayern, but I am not going to make a declaration of loyalty and then tomorrow change my mind."
Like Vidal, Muller would require some serious investment, with Transfermarkt putting his value at €45 million.
Robin Van Persie
Robin van Persie's recent criticism of Manchester United's tactics suggested all is not well with the Dutchman at Old Trafford.
This has led to plenty of speculation regarding his future, with Sport suggesting he could head to Barcelona. They estimate his value at between €18-20 million, but also suggest Alex Song could be included as part of the deal.