With rumors swirling that FC Barcelona are in the market for cheap backup for the star attacking trident of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, we look at the best options for the Blaugrana to sign. The players mentioned will be based on fit for the team, skill, price and the likeliness of the deal to happen. So, forget about rumors of Agüero or Müller coming to the Camp Nou.
After breaking into the Valencia first team and onto the world stage three seasons ago, Paco Alcácer’s stock has risen rapidly. Although he was not very impressive in his first full season with the team, he has since scored 13 goals in only 29 matches in each of the two seasons since then. The young Spaniard has since drawn the interest of many top European clubs, while winning his first 10 caps for Spain and scoring an impressive 6 goals. The 22 year-old would be a perfect fit for the Blaugrana, even though he could only fill in at the center-forward position, and not on the wings. Alcácer’s market price is a reasonable 25 million euros, a fee which would certainly not be of much difficulty for FC Barcelona to come up with. Watch this space.
After impressive performances at Granada, the 25 year-old left winger has gone on to light up Portugal’s Liga NOS with Porto. The French-born Algerian scored 13 goals while assisting 10 more in his debut season at the Estadio do Dragao, instantly winning the praise of fans and pundits alike. In his final season with Granada, the former Stade Rennais man proved himself to be capable of performing on the big stage, when he netted the only goal in a famous victory over Barcelona themselves. Brahimi would be an ideal signing for the Blaugrana, as he is valued at only 22 million euros, and could play on either wing or even as a second striker if needed.
This exciting Brazilian left winger is very similar to Barcelona star Neymar. With his trickery and direct running, Anderson always provides entertainment. However like his compatriot, his end product is not lacking, either. The 22 year-old who currently plies his trade at Lazio has registered 17 goals and 16 assists in 78 appearances for the Biancocelesti. These numbers are very impressive considering they are his first European club. Anderson joined the Roman club at the ripe age of 20, from Santos in Brazil, also Neymar’s first club. Anderson’s asking price of 20 million euros could be considered hefty for a player who has not completely proven himself. However, the potential upside of this deal is extraordinary. Anderson can play comfortably on either wing and the sky is the limit for the young talent.