Unlike their bitter rivals, FC Barcelona entered the summer months quietly. Barca coach, Josep Guardiola, pinpointed the following players:
Ever since January, the French winger was considered as priority number 1 for the Catalan club but up until few weeks there weren’t any formal offers. In March, Bayern Munich’s winger went public and expressed his desire for a change of scenery and his statements were considered as a certain sign of player leaving. Things changed significantly once Perez took power in Madrid and appointed Zinedine Zidane as his advisor. The latter is seen as key figure in bringing Ribery closer to Madrid and away from Barcelona.
Argentinian international is the 2nd choice of Pep Guardiola for strengthening the midfield. Reportedly, hard working Liverpool’s player hasn’t settled well in England and would welcome a move to Spain. Main reason for signing Mascherano is seen in African Cup of Nations that takes place this winter and during which Barcelona will have to cope without 2 of their important players: Keita and Yaya Toure.
28 year old striker is considered as direct replacement for Samuel Eto. The Cameroonian is set to leave Camp Nou following the differences with FC Barcelona manager. The technical staff sees Villa as the best man to fit the Barca system as he proved to click well with Barcelona’s internationals who also play for Spain: Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol and Pique.
Although it’s still a long way before the transfer window closes, the clubs are looking to complete their squads before the beginning of pre-season matches.