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FC Barcelona Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Improve the European Champions

Manuel TraqueteSenior Analyst IJuly 12, 2011

FC Barcelona Transfers: 5 Players Who Could Improve the European Champions

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    FC Barcelona have won three continental doubles (League plus Champions League) in the past six seasons, two in the past three, and Pep Guardiola's current crop is widely considered one of the best, if not the best, squads in the history of the game.

    But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

    It's hard to see any player in the world displacing any member of Barcelona's vintage XI (Valdés, Abidal, Puyol, Piqué, Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa and Messi), but a squad isn't only 11 players, and there are some positions where Barcelona could use some more depth.

    Needless to say, not anyone can be a part of this FC Barcelona squad. Only world class talents have a chance to make it at Camp Nou.

    The following list contains five players on the market (unrealistic targets were excluded) who could potentially make the squad even stronger.

     

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Cesc Fabregas

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    Well, you had to know this name would appear sooner or later, so let's get this over with now. 

    At this point, there's pretty much nothing new to say about this boring and seemingly never-ending saga. It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will sign Fabregas now or if this tedious saga will have yet another chapter next summer.

    That said, Cesc is a world class player, and while not absolutely necessary, he'd add quality depth to Barcelona's midfield.

    Given that he's a La Masia youth product and friends with most of the squad, he'd have no problem adapting and hit the ground running. In theory, this transfer would only make Barcelona an even better and especially deeper side.

Fernando Llorente

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    If there's a weakness in the current Barcelona side, it's perhaps the lack of a big man in the box to mix it up a bit when required (although Barcelona's Plan A is so effective that a Plan B is rarely, if ever, needed). 

    The Zlatan Ibrahimovic experience failed spectacularly, but Llorente seems to have all the ingredients to be an FC Barcelona success story. Unlike the aforementioned Swedish flop, the Bilbao striker is humble and hard-working, two key characteristics to succeed at Barcelona.

    The 26-year-old striker is at the peak of his career and would certainly be a valuable addition to the existing squad, allowing for a kind of Plan B to be employed when needed thanks to his height and great aerial game.

Sergio "Kun" Aguero

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    Sergio Aguero is a fabulous player and one of the greatest talents out there. Scoring 20-plus goals a season in Barcelona or Real Madrid isn't that big a deal, but Aguero has been doing it every year since 2007 at Atletico Madrid without a world class supporting cast. 

    He became the key player at Atlético at 18 and has been the driving force behind the team's performance ever since.

    Now 23, Aguero has become too big for Atletico, and it's almost certain that he will move on to a bigger club next season. Aguero has the potential to be a Ballon d'Or winner in the future, he is that good.

    It'd make perfect sense for Aguero to join Barcelona.

    The Catalans could use another world class versatile forward and Aguero would have an excellent platform to fulfill his career ambitions. He and his longtime friend and FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi would certainly develop a destructive partnership.

    The transfer fee would be around €40 million, but that doesn't seem much for a player of Kun's quality, as the on-going Copa America is showing.

Javier Pastore

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    Anyone who watched the Serie A last season knows that Javier Pastore is an extraordinary talent and can easily become one of the world's very best players soon.

    If for some reason the Cesc Fabregas deal fails and Pep Guardiola insists on getting a centre attacking midfielder, Pastore looks like an excellent option.

    His game seems very well suited to Barcelona, even if not as much as Fabregas's. After all, Cesc was groomed to fit at Barcelona.

    Still, Pastore would be a great addition to the squad, even if his signing seems extremely unlikely this summer, for two reasons: the Fabregas saga and the fact that Barcelona don't really need any more midfielders.

Thiago Silva/Mats Hummels/...

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    Basically, a top quality center-back. Thiago Silva and Mats Hummels are just two examples of players who fit the bill.

    With Carles Puyol still recovering from his operation, the list of center-backs currently available to the club includes Gerard Piqué, the recently promoted Fontás and...nobody else really.

    It's true that Javier Mascherano and Eric Abidal have proved they can fill in, but it's awfully risky to gamble on wing backs and midfielders playing as defenders.

    Puyol is likely to be fully recovered for next season, but it'd still be a good idea to add some defensive depth. Last season, playing Mascherano as a defender worked, but there's no guarantee it will work again.

    It'd clearly be very wise to sign another quality defender. In this writer's opinion, that should be the No. 1 priority for Barcelona this summer. If there's a sector where Barcelona lack depth, it is their defense.

     

    All these five players could theoretically make FC Barcelona an even more fearsome side. Feel free to suggest any other players you feel could improve the squad.

     

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Closing Thoughts

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    All these five players could theoretically make FC Barcelona an even more fearsome side. Feel free to suggest any other players you feel could improve the squad.

     

    You can follow me on Twitter  @Manueltraquete

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