Barcelona Transfers: Ranking the Top 10 Players Linked to Barca This Summer

Shehryar KhanCorrespondent IIIMay 23, 2011

Barcelona Transfers: Ranking the Top 10 Players Linked to Barca This Summer

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 15:  Goalkeeper Victor Valdes of FC Barcelona holds up the La Liga trophy after the La Liga match between Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou Stadium on May 15, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
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    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.

    No Barcelona transfer list is complete without Cesc Fabregas in it, and although no concrete proof is yet provided, I've added some gossips regarding the Arsenal captain.  

    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.  

Jose Angel

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    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.  

Fabio Coentrao

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    PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  Fabio Coentrao of Benfica looks on during the Portuguese Liga match between Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Luz Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Patricia de Melo/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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    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. 

Gokhan Gonul

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    LONDON - APRIL 08:  Florent Malouda of Chelsea challenges Gokhan Gonul of Fenerbahce during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg match between Chelsea and Fenerbahce at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botte
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    Nicknamed the "Turkish Cafu", Gokhan Gonul is one of the most versatile players around, having played in a number of positions. 

    As reported earlier, Barcelona scout Luis Gonzalez has watched him in action in Fenerbahce's last few games and an offer could be on the cards soon.  

Diego Forlan

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 20:  Diego Forlan of Atletico Madrid reacts during the Copa del Rey quarter final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on January 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Get
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    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

Neymar

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Neymar of Brazil on the ball during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    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.   

Giuseppe Rossi

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    PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 28: Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal in action during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between FC Porto and Villarreal at Estadio do Dragao on April 28, 2011 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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    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. 

Leandro Damiao

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:   Leandro Damiao of Brazil has his effort stopped by Allan McGregor of Scotland during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewit
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    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

Andre Santos

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Andre Santos of Brazil fights for the ball with Kenny Miller of Scotland during the International friendly match between Brazil and Scotland at Emirates Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/G
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    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.  

Alexis Sanchez

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    LECCE, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Alexis Sanchez of Udinese during the Serie A match between US Lecce and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Via del Mare on April 3, 2011 in Lecce, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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    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. 

Cesc Fabregas

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal applauds the fans during a lap of honour after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/G
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    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.