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Top 5 players Barcelona should have targeted in the summer transfer window

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11.75K   //    16 Dec 2017, 03:28 IST

Ernesto Valverde' s biggest challenge was to replace Neymar at Barca.
Ernesto Valverde' s biggest challenge was to replace Neymar at Barca

FC Barcelona is one of the biggest clubs in the world and has attracted some of the finest talents in world football. The Catalan Club made a statement of intent back in 2013, when they pipped arch rivals Real Madrid to the signing of Brazilian wonder kid Neymar Jr.

However, 4 seasons down the line, after establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the game, Neymar left Barcelona for a world record fee of €222 million in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Barcelona immediately responded with the club-record signing of Ousmane Dembele to fill in Neymar's boots. The French sensation who had a breakthrough season at Borussia Dortmund, has been injured for the majority of the current season and we wonder if there were better alternatives available for Barcelona.

Let's take a look at 5 players who would have fit the bill perfectly at Barcelona:


#5 Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria could have landed at Barcelona this summer
Angel Di Maria could have landed at Barcelona this summer

Angel Di Maria is one of those rare talents in world football who can boss the midfield as well as the attack. The tall and pacy Argentine, with magical dribbling skills and unique vision, is one of very few players to have shared the pitch with both Lionel Messi (at Argentina) and Cristiano Ronaldo (at Real Madrid).

Barcelona fans need no introduction to Di Maria's abilities, having witnessed the havoc wreaked by him in the 4-0 defeat against PSG at the Parc Des Princes in the UEFA Champions League. In the 2016-17 season, Di Maria scored 6 goals with 7 assists in 29 games in the Ligue 1.

Di Maria has often made it clear in his interviews how highly he rates Messi and also shares good chemistry with him on and off the pitch. He was instrumental in Real Madrid's Champions League triumph in 2014 and a €55 million move to arch rivals Barcelona was very much on the cards in the 2017 summer transfer window. It would have certainly been a mouthwatering prospect to see Messi and Di Maria in the same team, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.



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