Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Getafe on Saturday was a big blow to the Catalan giant’s title hopes. Given their performances in domestic and international competition this year, FC Barcelona could use new signings to upgrade their aging core. Combine this with the impeding transfer ban that is under appeal, the club will need to act fast to secure the right players for the long term.
The following is a list of some possible targets for the club (in no specific order), as well as a few players who could make way for these transfers to occur.
1. Marc-Andre ter Stegen
The goalkeeper’s current club, Borussia Monchengladbach, has already announced a transfer agreement has been reached with an unnamed foreign club, rumored to be Barcelona. The 22-year-old is highly regarded and could be a massive upgrade over the departing Victor Valdes.
2. Pepe Reina
Reina is another goalkeeper long targeted by the Catalans. The Spaniard and former Barcelona player has made it clear that he would be open to a move back to the side where he started his career. This move is a no-brainer given his form on loan at Napoli this year and the goalkeeping situation at Liverpool.
3. David Luiz
Another longtime Barcelona target, the Brazilian center-back is rumored to be the subject of a 35 million euro bid by the Catalan side. Given his reduced playing time this year as well as Chelsea’s success with him in the side, it makes perfect sense that he would be the target of a number of bids this summer.
4. Thiago Silva
While a bit optimistic, a bid for Thiago Silva could be in the cards for Barcelona. Given PSG’s financial clout and the fact that Silva just recently joined in 2012, it may be tough to convince the Parisians to sell. If they are successful, the Brazilian defender could be a huge asset as he is arguable the best defender in soccer right now.
5. Martin Skrtel
Another Liverpool player of interest is Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian is leading all defenders in the Premier League in goals this season while imposing himself at the opposite end of the pitch. While Liverpool’s entrance into the Champions League may prove to be a stumbling block for the transfer, Skrtel could be a great signing for the club.
6. Aurelien Chedjou
A young center-back playing for Galatasary, Chedjou is being mentored by fellow countryman and former Barcelona talisman Samuel Eto’o. Given his age and potential, it may be hard to convince the Turkish club to sell. However 15 million euros and the pull of Barcelona should do the trick.
7. Thomas Müller
Of all the names on this list, Müller is likely the least realistic transfer to go through. He has become an established regular at his boyhood club Bayern Munich but there are a glut of attacking midfielders in the side which may force his hand. Also consider that Barcelona are rumored to be selling a similar player, right-winger Alexis Sanchez, to Juventus. While Sanchez is a great player who has been in fantastic form this season, Müller would clearly be an upgrade.
While his talent is undisputed, Fabregas has been a luxury for Barcelona this year, being deployed in more of a utility role. Manchester United has been reported to be lining up a £50million bid for the midfielder, which ought to convince Barcelona to sell in order to raise funds for other parts of the squad.
Arsenal has been rumored to be interested in making a move for their former player. If Barcelona could get back 15 million euros for a player whom they hardly use, it would be good business for both sides.
While Barcelona has been in a miniature crisis, there is no need to panic. As other teams throughout Europe have shown, with shrewd spending and intelligent sales, they can be back on top in no time.