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5 stars Barcelona should target in the summer

Sujith M
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55.26K   //    05 Feb 2018, 11:02 IST

FC Barcelona Unveil New Head Coach Ernesto Valverde
Barcelona can dominate Europe for years with some quality signings

The Blaugrana have made some exciting additions to the squad ever since the departure of Neymar Jr. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele arrived at the club during the summer and winter transfer window respectively.

With a 9-point lead over the second-placed Atletico Madrid, there is no catching the Catalan giants in La Liga this campaign. They are yet to lose a game this season and playing some sublime football under their new manager Ernesto Valverde.

However, the Barcelona squad is far from being complete. The defence undoubtedly needs some reinforcements, Andres Iniesta is reaching the fag end of his career, and Suarez is 31. Further, they cannot continue to depend entirely on Lionel Messi, who will be 31 in the summer.

If they want to continue their dominance in Europe, they must look to organize a squad for the future.

On that note, let's take a look at 5 players Barcelona should try and sign in the summer transfer window:

#5 Arthur Melo

Is he the next Iniesta?
Is he the next Iniesta?

Arthur Melo has caught the attention of some of the top European clubs after leading Gremio to the Copa Libertadores title in 2017. However, Barcelona are believed to be leading the race to sign the 21-year-old Gremio star.

A product of Gremio's youth academy, Melo helped Gremio win the Copa do Brasil in 2016. Notably, he won the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A Best Newcomer award in 2017. Arthur has also represented his national team at under-17 and under-20 levels.

His passing ability and vision have earned him comparisons to Andres Iniesta. Arthur has a €50 million release clause, but Barcelona will look to tie him down for lesser. The central midfielder was even called into the Brazil squad for the final two rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification stages.

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