FC Barcelona Transfer News

Alexis Sanchez - Barcelona

Coach Pep Guardiola has been told he has in the region of £40 million to spend on new signings this season plus any money obtained from sales.

Striker Bojan Krkic may leave Barca. He is in talks with Udinese about a possible transfer whilst Liverpool are also said to be interested along with Roma. It has been reported that Bojan may form part of the deal which sees Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez move in the other direction.

Barcelona team-mate Jeffren has also been linked with a move to the Premier League but will probably stay at the Nou Camp for at least one more season.

There remains uncertainty around the possible transfer of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal as the two clubs continue to clash over the asking price. It has become apparent in recent times that Arsenal would be willing to sell for a figure of around £45-50 million but Barcelona are only prepared to pay £35 million. The continued clash between the two clubs may crush Fabregas’ dream to return to his home club. It remains to be seen how much Barcelona want Fabregas at the club as they already boast arguably two of the best central midfielders in the world in Xavi and Andres Iniesta. With the type of formation they play, that leaves room for just one more player in the Barcelona midfield and Sergio Busquets has made the defensive midfield spot his own this season and is currently also first choice for his country.

Giuseppe Rossi is another name on the wanted list but Villarreal would command a figure of around £30 million and this may prove to be a stumbling block in the deal. It is quite remarkable that when discussing the best team in the world, which Barcelona undoubtedly are, that their squad is considered extremely thin.

Barca have an outstanding starting 11 who seem to stay fit for a considerable amount of time, but beyond that, they lack squad players, seeming to rely on the young players that are coming through the youth ranks. A large number of Barcelona young stars will be in action at the weekend when Spain Under-21 take on England Under-21 in the European Under-21 Championships on Sunday as Barcelona attempt to produce another team capable of dominating world football.

Many people have heard the rumours over the past few weeks about Alexis Sanchez and where he will play his football next season, but the vast majority do not know too much about him. It is no secret that he is currently wanted by Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich and all would break the bank to sign him.

The Udinese winger was nicknamed El Nino Maravilla in his youth career due to his youth and stylish play. He joined the Cobreloa youth ranks at the age of 15 and was promoted to the senior squad in 2005. His fine form led to a move to Udinese and he was loaned to Colo-Colo to continue his football education before returning to Italy in 2008. He stands at 5ft 6 inches and can be deployed on either wing, as a forward or playing as a central attacking midfielder. He first caught the eye at last summer’s World Cup as Chile reached the last 16 and he boasts a record of 12 international goals in 36 games.

It has been questioned whether he is tough enough for the Premier League as the two Manchester clubs know better than anyone that there is always a risk involved. United spent big money on Juan Veron after impressing in Italy but he never really got to grips with the Premier League and the same could be said for Diego Forlan who has proved he can score goals in Spain, but he largely struggled in the Premier League. Carlos Tevez was a hit for both the Red Devils and the blue half of Manchester whilst Robinho also struggled to find his feet in England.

Sanchez had a fine season last year and enjoyed his best-ever campaign, scoring 12 goals in 31 games and firing his team to the Champions League. He almost joined Galatasaray last summer but decided to remain in Italy and it has paid dividends for both the club and the player. He scored four goals against Palermo in February and along with Antonio Di Natale enjoyed one of the most successful strike partnerships in Italy with 35 goals in total.

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