Barcelona Revolution Points The Way To A New Era

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IJuly 9, 2008

If you have had the time to look at this summers many high profile transfer deals, you will notice one thing. Most either involve arrivals or departures at the Nou Camp as Barca gear up for the new season.

The Spanish giants have already shown Frank Rijkaard, Deco, Gio Dos Santos, Gianluca Zambrotta, and Lilian Thuram the door. It won't stop there as Joan Laporta is keen to shove Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto out the window to any prospective buyers.

In came Josep Guardiola and Barcelona set to work on becoming the dominant force in European football once more. The club can never be accused of failing to back it's managers and they have used their Catalan chequebook more times than expected in the past month.

Gerard Pique was secured from United for €7 million, Seydou Keita was transfered from Sevilla from for €14 million and Martín Cáceres was grabbed from rivals Villarreal for €16.5 million.

However, their intentions have been made crystal clear in the past week, Daniel Alves, who was attracting attention from Chelsea and Real Madrid, signed on the dotted line for no less than €35 million. He became the world's most expensive right-back ever.

News began to hit the press today that Arsenal's Alexander Hleb, who was signed from Stuttgart for £11 million in 2005 by the Londoners, had flown to Barcelona for a medical and personal talks after an undisclosed fee was agreed.

In case all this currency exchange is confusing you, that means the Spaniards must have shelled out €17 million or more for the wide-man. This would be an impressive haul for any team and considering it's only July, there is plenty more to come from the Nou Camp.

Emmanuel Adebayor could join Hleb in swapping Arsenal for Barca while the rumours surrounding Russia's Euro 2008 standout Andrei Arshavin and his dream move to Barca refuse to go away, it's exciting times to be a follower at Camp Nou.

After badly failing to win back La Liga from Madrid and limply exiting the Champions League meekly at Old Trafford, the hierarchy at Camp Nou have clearly identified something needs to be done.

What better way to do that then splash over €80 million! I'm predicting at least two titles to be residing in their stadium when I visit with my class in May!