FC Barcelona logoFC Barcelona

FC Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Who Are Pep Guardiola and Barça Really Chasing?

Andres EhrliCorrespondent IIIJune 15, 2011

FC Barcelona Transfer Rumours: Who Are Pep Guardiola and Barça Really Chasing?

1 of 6

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Josep Guardiola manager of FC Barcelona gives instructions during a Barcelona training session prior to the UEFA Champions League final versus Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by J
    Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

    Every transfer window the same happens over and over: Fifty names come up in various media outlets and the average fan is kept guessing just whom might be the real players their club is attempting to sign. 

    For FC Barcelona, a club not known for big spending, it's no different.

    The lack of proper football and the club's big name send every news outlet into a frenzy trying to predict who the Catalan giants might sign. 

    As a fan, you have to be careful which to believe, though, because most of them will be either agent-publicised ads in newspapers (which happen all the time), rumours leaked from a media insider, or straight-out lies and wish lists that appear on slow news days.

    This article will try to give guidance on what and whom Barcelona is looking for, both positionally and specifically in player names. 

    Let the fun begin.

Central Defenders

2 of 6

    ROME, ITALY - MAY 07:  Thiago Silva of Milan in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico on May 7, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
    Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

    Rumours on whom they're after: Thiago Silva (AC Milan)

    Pep really wants: no one

     

    Why?

    Thiago Silva would be a world-class signing, but given Barça only has around €50 million to spend, and that it feels very comfortable with Eric Abidal's conversion to centre-back and youngsters Andreu Fontás and Marc Bartra, it'll be hard to see the Blaugrana spend €30 million-plus on a central defender. 

     

    Good options that neither the press nor Barça are considering:

    Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

     

    Odds for the press rumours being right all along:

    5 percent

Strikers

3 of 6

    MONACO - AUGUST 27:  Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Super Cup match between Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid at Louis II Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
    Michael Steele/Getty Images

    Rumours on whom they're after: Kun Agüero (Atlético de Madrid), Leandro Damiao (Internacional Porto Alegre BRA), Diego Forlán (Atlético de Madrid)

    Pep really wants: no one

     

    Why?

    The striker position is Lionel Messi's to hold for as long as he likes. What Barça is looking for is a winger that can also play as a false number nine when the Argentinian number 10 won't play.

     

    Good options that neither the press nor Barça are considering:

    Edinson Cavani (Napoli)

     

    Odds for the press rumours being right all along:

    0 percent

Midfielders

4 of 6

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05:  Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on February 5, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathco
    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Rumours on whom they're after: Cesc Fábregas (Arsenal FC), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Samir Nasri (Arsenal FC)

    Pep really wants:  Cesc Fábregas (Arsenal FC)

     

    Why?

    Pep Guardiola sees in Cesc the opportunity to remain competitive for the next five years and to replace Xavi Hernandez outright in a year or two. I've talked about why I personally don't like the move myself, but Pep definitely wants the Arsenal skipper bad. 

    So, Barça wants Cesc and he wants Barça back. The problem here is that, if the team pays a fair price, Fábregas is worth €60 million. 

    Barça would love to cut that price in half, but that will prove a hard task even if Cesc hands in his transfer request.

    At this point, there's still a lot of negotiating to be made for this transfer to happen. 

     

    Good options that neither the press nor Barça are considering:

    Borja Valero (Villarreal), Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad).


    Odds for Pep getting his man:

    40 percent

Left Backs

5 of 6

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Newcastle player Jose Enrique in action during the Barclays Premier League game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on May 22, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu For
    Stu Forster/Getty Images

    Rumours on whom they're after: José Enrique (Newcastle), José Ángel (Sporting Gijón), Gaël Clichy (Arsenal FC), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), André Santos (Fenerbahce), Fábio Coentrao (Benfica)

    Pep really wants: José Ángel (Sporting Gijón)

     

    Why?

    Ángel has everything you expect from a Barça player. He is the attacking-minded back and technically refined player Barça likes to employ as a side back. He played as a midfielder when he was younger and is very comfortable with the ball on his feet.

    The problem with him is that Sporting wants €4 million and one of Barça's youth stars to let him go. And that combination won't happen soon. 

    But in all likelihood, the signing will come eventually. 

     

    Good options that neither the press nor Barça are considering:

    Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea FC)

     

    Odds for Pep getting his man:

    70 percent

Wingers

6 of 6

    UDINE, ITALY - MARCH 20:  Alexis Sanchez of Udinese in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and Catania Calcio at Stadio Friuli on March 20, 2011 in Udine, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
    Dino Panato/Getty Images

    Rumours on whom they're after: Alexis Sánchez (Udinese),  Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Neymar (Santos), Eden Hazard (Lille), Willian (Shakhtar Donetsk)

    Pep really wants:  Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal), Alexis Sánchez (Udinese)

     

    Why?

    Bojan Krkic and Jeffrén Suárez are leaving, so Barça needs at least one man up-front to bring competitiveness and balance. Barça's management and Pep Guardiola really like two men: Alexis Sanchez and Giuseppe Rossi, with the Italian being the leader of the race at this point. 

    He is better at passing football and fits into Barça like a glove, even if he's doesn't have dribbling flair the Chilean has. He is also the cheaper alternative of the two and won't cost more than €30 million. 

    Manchester City's €40 million intermission in the Alexis Sánchez transfer saga makes him prohibitive for Barça.

     

    Good options that neither the press nor Barça are considering:

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal FC)


    Odds for Pep getting his man:

    85 percent for Rossi, 15 percent for Sánchez.

     

    Follow me on Twitter @ehrli

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices