Barcelona Transfer Rumors: 9 Players Pep Guardiola Would Love to Sign
With Barcelona seemingly on the verge of signing one of their top targets for the summer and supposedly in the running for another, the Catalans are gearing up for what could be another fantastic season.
That being said, one can always speculate as to who Pep Guardiola would like to have, for an even more complete team, if that is even possible.
This list takes a look at some of the transfers Pep Guardiola might make if he had an infinite account, and it does not take into account current events or whether these players are actually attainable.
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As recently as July, there were reports that Barcelona was indeed interested in the Welshman.
Gareth Bale impressed many European giants this season, with the change in position to left midfield allowed him to showcase all of his abilities.
If Bale were to join the Catalan giants, he would more than likely be placed in his original left-back position.
Here, his stamina, will to get forward and crossing ability, would fit in well within the system, and with Dani Alves on the right, the attacking fullback positions would be quite formidable.
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Andre Santos has seen a solid season result in him being placed back in a starting role with Brazil and in the crosshairs of Barcelona.
His arrival, along with that of any other left-back, would mean the departure of Maxwell and make Adriano a more permanent backup for Alves.
The Brazilian defensive unit was the best part of the team throughout the Copa America, and penalty miss aside, Santos provided some good moments down the left.
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The former Barcelona youth player has plied his trade in La Liga for the last two years and has put in some solid performances for Sporting Gijon.
He was also a member of the Spain U-21 side that recently won the European U-21 championship, and he helped marshal a defense that allowed only two goals in five games.
Barcelona has the option to buy him back for around €2 million, if they do so within the next two years of his contract.
Considering the need for defensive cover in the central areas, this option seems pretty good and cheap.
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Barcelona has not been linked with the young right-back so far this summer, but they have been in the past.
Dani Alves is a main-stay in the right-back position, and apart from Carles Puyol, there is no real cover.
Azpilicueta is very young and would be a long term option, but he also has experience, having played 98 league games for Osasuna before moving to Marseille.
After an injury-hit season, Azpilicueta could be back on his way to Spain, and Barcelona could snatch him up.
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Javier Pastore is one of the big name targets of the summer.
The young Argentine has linked with a variety of top European clubs, Barcelona included.
Messi has spoken out in favor of a move, just as many of his Barcelona teammates are making their feelings known about Fabregas.
Pastore would just be another high priced role player, considering the amount of attacking talent already within the squad.
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Another Argentine makes the list and another player that Messi has stated he would like to see at Barcelona.
During the Copa America, it was evident that Sergio Aguero was one of the few Argentina teammates that had an understanding with Messi.
"El Kun" would be able to play in all three positions across the front line and would be a great replacement for Messi in his central role.
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In terms of skill, flair and the ability for the dramatic, Neymar would fit right in with the Barcelona squad.
However, his attitude, perpetuated by his youthfulness, would need to be fixed.
This attitude was excarcerbated by some poor performances in the soon to be concluded Copa America. While the Brazil team as a whole failed to deliver, Neymar stuck out due to some questionable decision-making.
Neymar would be a project for Guardiola were he to arrive, and considering his price tag, it would be a very expensive one.
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The Uruguayan forward would bring height similar to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he would be a lot more versatile.
When Uruguay plays a 4-3-3, Cavani interchanges positions with Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez, and he would be somewhat comfortable in the Barcelona setup.
He has pace and strength to get by his man and would more than likely be the replacement for David Villa due to his goalscoring abilities.
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The majority of Barcelona's attacking players have versatility, and Eden Hazard is no different.
The pint-sized Belgian has speed, dribbling and playmaking abilities that would be welcome in the squad.
He, like many others on this list, has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Considering the populated midfield area he would more than likely be used as one of the wide forwards, where he could pose a significant threat to the opposition.