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5 Spaniards who would be perfect for Barcelona

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Valverde would be wise to target homegrown talent
Sam May
Modified 29 Mar 2018, 19:20 IST
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Barcelona currently has eight Spaniards in its squad. Victor Valdes, Xavi, and Carles Puyol are three Spanish legends that have graced the fields of the Camp Nou in the recent past and the quartet of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are still doing the business for Barca and the Spanish national team.

The pinnacle of the club's 'made in Catalunya' philosophy was in December 2012 when the late Tito Vilanova was the coach and a good number of Spanish players played for the club.

When Dani Alves picked up an injury in Barcelona's 4-0 victory over Levante, he had to be replaced with Martin Montoya. It was then that the 'full house' moment came.

Catalans Pique, Puyol, and Alba were all in defence in front of goalkeeper Valdes. Cesc Fabregas, Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta completed midfield quartet with Pedro and Lionel Messi in the attack.

Since then, as time has moved on, this is something the Blaugrana have struggled to match and is something they should adopt once again.

Here's five Spaniards the team led by manager Ernesto Valverde could target next season:

#5 Ferran Torres (Valencia)

Ferran Torres is one of the brightest young prospects in Spain
Ferran Torres is one of the brightest young prospects in Spain

The 18-year-old has previously attracted interest from a number of suitors including Real Madrid and Barcelona. He made his Valencia debut last year in a 4-1 victory over Real Zaragoza in the Cope del Rey and was a late substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Eibar in a La Liga last December.

Having recently signed a new deal with the club back in January, his release clause has increased to €25 million, having broken into the first-team this season. Despite his new deal, it certainly shouldn't put off the Catalan giants.

Barcelona is short in the wide positions and should a deal to bring Ajax sensation Justin Kluivert to the Camp Nou not materialize, Valverde may turn his attention to the Spain under-19 international.

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Published 29 Mar 2018, 18:30 IST
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