Barcelona Transfers: Ranking the Top 10 Players Linked to Barca This Summer
The transfer saga is set to heat up as the season nears its end with one final game, the all important Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley.
This list is comprised of players that have been linked with Barcelona over the past few weeks, some of whom having being linked for more than two months.
Left-backs and attacking options mostly make the list, as not enough links of center-backs (which I believe Barcelona need) has stemmed up. Jan Vertonghen and Van der Weil were both linked to Barcelona early in January, but since then the news has died up and hence they have not been included in this list.
A more concrete list (live blog and updates) on Barcelona transfers will be posted after the Champions League final at Wembley. Thank you for reading.
Sporting Gijon left-back Jose Angel could be Barcelona's first summer signing according to Marca, as reported here.
The 21-year-old has already featured for Spain youth teams and is worth around €4 million, which is a cheaper option than other targets mentioned in this list.
The youngster would be a back-up to Maxwell, who could be sold in the summer if the signing goes ahead.
Eric Abidal and Adriano are the other two left-backs at Barcelona at the moment.
This is what @Barcastuff had to say on twitter:
"Barcelona are interested in Benfica left back defender Fabio Coentrao (23) and have made a first contact to ask about his transfer fee." [as]
This comes a day after Super Sport reported that Spanish giants and Barcelona rivals Real Madrid were closing in on the Benfica left-back.
According to SS, AS said Real were prepared to pay up to €25 million for the 23-year-old Portuguese international, although Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira is trying to hold out for €30 million.
Barcelona were knocking on the doors for the Portuguese star and it was reported in December that Barcelona were keeping tabs on the player.
As already mentioned the player won't come cheap, and with a lot of suitors stalling, Benfica would be the one dictating terms.
Nicknamed the "Turkish Cafu", Gokhan Gonul is one of the most versatile players around, having played in a number of positions.
Barcelona have again been linked to Diego Forlan, the free-scoring Uruguayan who has excelled at La Liga after failing to cement a place at Old Trafford.
Interestingly, Barcelona were pursuing Diego Forlan last season before they eventually signed David Villa from Valencia, so it's not quite sure as to why they'd still need him.
You can read more on this topic in Barcelona's Transfer Rumors.
This Brazilian wonder-kid has been associated with all the big clubs in recent times. Football.co.uk had reported that he'd be moving on to Barcelona and would snub Chelsea, who were quite keen to take the Brazilian on board.
There are still no definite hints as to where the 18-year-old is headed.
Rossi has been a prolific scorer for the yellow submarines this season, and has attracted a lot of suitors with his attractive style of play. Despite signing a new contract with the club, the former Manchester United striker has not ruled out a summer move.
Villarreal would command a sum of £30 million or more from suitors to acquire his services.
However, during his sale to the Spanish side, Manchester United placed a clause in his contract affording them the first right to purchase the player if Villarreal plan to sell him.
Rossi himself has said that his future would be decided next week, and a possible swap deal with Bojan Krkic could also be on the cards.
The 21-year-old Brazilian who plays at Internacional would be a cheaper alternate to Rossi and Neymar.
Damiao started his career with Atletico Ibirama before joining his current club. Juventus, Tottenham and Benfica have also shown interest in him and the player would go for around £13million.
You can read more here.
Fenerbahce's Andre Santos has been in brilliant form this season and has been linked to Barcelona in recent weeks.
Barcelona will have to muster up €12 million to sign the 28-year-old, and he would be a cheaper option as compared to Fabio Coentrao.
Guardiola sees Andre Santos as a replacement for Maxwell, who could be on his way from the Nou Camp this summer.
You can read the Goal.com report here.
22-year-old Sanchez is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment, and a number of clubs have shown interest, including Liverpool and Real Madrid.
According to reports, Barcelona have been in contact with Sanchez's agents and a deal could be made right after the Champions League final.
Sanchez won't come cheap, and his proposed transfer would cost in the region of £26 million.
No Barcelona list is complete without Cesc in it.
Barcelona have been in hot pursuit of Fabregas for a number of seasons now and have failed to land their former player.
Ladbrokes have quoted The Sunday Mirror as suggesting that Arsene Wenger would be tempted to sell his captain for a fee of around £50 million.
Others news suggests Wenger is keen to hang on to his player and has suggested that the captain could risk his career with a move to Camp Nou.
Anything fruitful is yet to be derived from this everlasting saga, but a decision can be expected after the Champions League final.
The earlier the better for both sides, really.