Five potential Barcelona signings for when their transfer ban lifts
Barcelona, 10/3 favourites with Coral to win the Champions League next term, may be prohibited from taking new players in until January 2016, but that does not stop them from making signings, who can either join them once the ban is finished or be sent out on loan to other clubs.
Having won the treble last season, it is unlikely that the Catalan club need to make any major signings; however, immediately after the campaign ended, right-sided Sevilla star Aleix Vidal agreed to a switch, with Dani Alves’ uncertain uncertain at that point.
We take a look at five other signings Luis Enrique may want to consider, as he prepares for another season in charge of Barca.
The Real Sociedad centre back, who is being tipped as being a key figure in future Spain teams would likely command a fee in the region of £15m at the moment, though tying him down now could be a smart piece of business, especially if he excels next term.
With reserve left back Adriano approaching 31, a younger alternative to provide competition for Jordi Alba might be more desirable. Although Jeremy Mathieu can fill in, he is more of a centre back, and Espanyol’s Fuentes, at 25 could fit the bill and wouldn’t cost more than £10m.
Nicknamed the “Dutch Xavi”, he may get the chance to prove whether he can directly replace him in Barca’s midfield in the long term. It is clear that the Feyenoord man has talent and could be tempted by the opportunity to prove himself in a more competitive league should the opportunity present itself.
Should the midfielder continue to impress at Valencia, Barca may offer him the chance to advance his career at one of the best clubs in the world. The 26-year-old has all the attributes to be a success at the Nou Camp and can establish himself as a regular in the Spain side.
After his awesome goalscoring exploits last season for Lyon, there are a number of clubs circling, though should Barca make a move for the player, there could only be one outcome. Lacazette would follow in the footsteps of attacking compatriots Ludovic Giuly and Thierry Henry if he were to make the move.