10 Barcelona Rumours Fans Wish Would Come True
Barcelona fans will be studying all forms of media over the summer period, looking for rumours that they are desperate to turn into reality.
After a season of genuine upheaval both on and off the pitch, the Catalans will surely be hoping for a more settled campaign next time out. Therefore, it's imperative that any business is conducted as soon as practicable.
The World Cup presents a thorny side issue with every club trying to tie up any deals, sans signature, before their targets leave for international commitments.
Issues that surround the club also need to be attended to.
Let's take a look at 10 rumours cules would love to come true.
Cesc Fabregas to the Premier League
Cesc Fabregas hasn't really done too much wrong since his return to the club in 2011. However, he hasn't really set the world alight or pulses racing either.
Not considered good enough as a starter in any position unless there is an injury, Cesc hasn't yet been pigeon-holed to any one position.
He shuttles from one to another to fit the needs of the team, but he has never really garnered any sort of consistency.
A lack of speed isn't helpful to a Barca side that want to break at pace either.
There won't be too many complaints from Catalonia if the Red Devils capture their man.
Carles Puyol to Postpone His Decision to Leave the Club
If there is one player that best represents the values of Barcelona over the last few years, it is captain-fantastic Carles Puyol.
Always leading by example, his injuries should be worn as badges of honour; such will be his legacy to this great institution.
Soccerway quote Puyol as suggesting he would postpone his decision to leave the club he has served so well:
I would stay if I think I can do something to help but at the moment I'm doing what I can for the team.
We're making an appeal against that particular [FIFA] ban and hopefully that will be accepted.
Another year at the club would be perhaps too much for my body.
Unfortunately for Barca fans, there are just 270 minutes of the season remaining and with Puyol more than likely to call it a day at the end of the season per Fox News, there is barely any time left to attend Camp Nou and pay homage to one of the greatest players to ever don the Blaugrana.
How the Camp Nou masses would wish for just one more season from Carles Puyol.
Pep Guardiola to Return
The issue that will confront any incumbent is the astonishing success that Pep achieved in such a short space of time, but in many respects to keep harking back to his tenure is unhelpful.
Six trophies in one season has only happened once in 150 years of football globally. It's ridiculous to even contend that Barca will get somewhere close to that again.
Even bringing Pep back is unlikely to change that. The players who won the trophies with him are now five years older, five years slower.
Can you imagine the outcry if Pep bizarrely decided to abandon the project in Bavaria and leave Bayern Munich to come home? And then had the audacity to not go on and be as successful as before?
That really wouldn't do would it?
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN details Johan Cruyff's opinion that if Barca want the glory days to return then Pep must come back:
The best thing for Barca would be for Guardiola to come back. He is a magnificent coach and there is nobody better. If Laporta is president again I am going to say that the best thing would be to sign Pep, and as he is an intelligent person, I am sure he will do that.
Whether fans like it or not, this is one rumour highly unlikely to ever come close to being true.
Andoni Zubizaretta to Step Aside
Andoni Zubizarreta hasn't enjoyed the best of tenures as Barcelona's sporting director.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN reports that although "Zubi" himself denied he had offered to resign in an interview with Canal +, club President Josep Maria Bartomeu suggested a day later that the former goalkeeper did say that he would step aside.
He remains very much in charge of sporting affairs, so the fans don't look like getting their wish anytime soon.
Aymeric Laporte to Sign
Athletic Bilbao's 19-year-old central defender Aymeric Laporte is piquing the interest of Europe's best clubs with some eye-catching performances this season.
Despite only a handful of first-team performances, Athletic will demand at least £28 million before they will allow the player to talk with the Catalans.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to Become the New Barca No 1
Borussia Monchengladbach stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has long been touted as Victor Valdes' replacement between the sticks.
There had appeared to be a lot of confusion around whether the German had actually already signed and the club were waiting to announce his signing, or if he was still to put pen to paper.
The FIFA transfer ban complicated things further, but now that has been lifted it appears the youngster will be on his way.
Barcelona’s deals for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic are already done. It’s a question of what’s going to happen.
They were only going to officially sign and get the ‘Barcelona license’ from June 1.
Alex Song to Follow Cesc out of the Door
Alex Song has never really won the support of the Camp Nou faithful, due in the most part at having to understudy Sergio Busquets.
The latter is the unsung hero of the team, but when he is missing boy do you notice it.
Song has been a reasonably able deputy at times, but he suffers precisely because he is no Busquets.
A recent poll in Spanish daily Marca, h/t Tom Thorogood of Here Is the City, details that 79.7 percent of Barca fans want Song sold in the summer.
"If I leave Barcelona, it will be to return to the Premier League. I will return to England one day, that's for sure."
Music to the ears of most of the Blaugrana fan base it would seem.
Thiago Silva and David Luiz
Silva has long been a target for the Catalans, Tito Vilanova even famously saying he is the only player he wanted to sign whilst in the hot-seat at Barca, per Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football.
However, the latter would not be welcomed by the fans with a huge 95 percent voting against his signature in a recent poll by Catalan daily Sport, detailed by Tom Thorogood of Here Is The City.
Per Sergi Sole of Mundo Deportivo (Spanish), h/t Kalyan Kulkarni of The Hard Tackle, Silva seems certain to consider his future at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and there are unlikely to be too many dissenting voices if the 29-year-old starts the next campaign in Blaugrana.
Arturo Vidal to Transform the Midfield
An interview with SportBild, via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com, notes the player's own belief in his abilities:
I am the best player in the world in my position. That's simply the way it is for me.
There are a lot of players out there in my position who try and play just like me and want to copy my style of play.
But it's quite clear for me that I'm the best in my role. Nobody puts in as much defensive work as I do and then scores a lot of goals on top of it as well.
B/R's own Sam Tighe would appear to agree:
That he will attract a transfer fee of more than £40 million in the next few seasons is a testament to his abilities. With Bastian Schweinsteiger struggling a little and Andrea Pirlo declining ever so slightly, Vidal has made the most of his chance to be seen as the greatest on earth.
His versatility, tactical understanding and phenomenal physical ability place him a cut above the rest.
[...] He's a raw athlete: quick, snappy, strong as an ox with endless stamina. His desire to win 50/50s and reach lost balls sets his attitude apart from that of most others.
Sounds like just the sort of person to shake things up a bit at Camp Nou and Mundo Deportivo, via Gerard Brand of the Daily Mail, note that he is one of four players that Barca would like to sign in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp as Manager
What is there not to love about Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp?!
Enthusiastic, tactically astute and a manager who ensures his teams play football in the right way; he would be a perfect fit for the Catalans.
However, given his recent admission that he is committed to Dortmund per Sky Sports, it's unlikely that any move would be successful.