Barcelona may have won the La Liga title last season but it goes without saying that their reputation in Europe is at stake. After all, their arch-rivals Real Madrid scripted history by lifting the Champions League trophy for the third consecutive time.
To make matters worse, the Catalans failed to make much of an impact in the elite competition and that does paint a worrisome prospect for Ernesto Valverde. To restore his team’s glory, the manager must make a good number of signings this summer to bolster the club’s forces.
Barcelona are yet to sign any new players so far but as is the case with every transfer window, they continue to get linked with new players every single day.
However, since the commencement of the summer window, there have been a few players that have been aggressively linked with the Spanish giants. And here’s a dream XI for Barcelona, comprising of players they have been linked with so far.
Dream Barcelona XI
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (GK)
The goalkeeper enjoyed a solid season with the club and he should find himself between the sticks in the upcoming campaign as well.
David Alaba (LB)
Gerard Pique (CB)
Pique continues to be one of Barcelona’s most consistent performers and he should retain his spot next season.
Samuel Umtiti (CB)
Umtiti is skilled and talented enough to become a major star and he must continue partnering with Pique.
Nelson Semedo (RB)
Semedo should find himself at right-back more often.
Ivan Rakitic (DM)
Rakitic’s influence is unparalleled and Barcelona need him now more than ever. Thus, he should be a mainstay in their midfield.
Arthur Melo (DM)
Arthur Melo continues to be linked with the club and a move appears to be on the horizon. The player could find himself playing alongside Rakitic.
Philippe Coutinho (LW)
Coutinho’s creativity and pace can unlock the toughest of defences and he might have to take up the role of a left-winger.
Christian Eriksen (CAM)
The man of the moment, the £93m Eriksen must be deployed as an attacking midfielder. On the flipside, he could also play on the left-wing, freeing up Coutinho to play the No.10 role. He’s been linked with the Catalan giants and would easily slot in at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi (RW)
Messi is nothing short of a messiah for Barcelona and his position is fixed, no matter who comes in or goes out.
Luis Suarez (ST)
With Antoine Griezmann having committed his future to Atletico Madrid, Suarez might lead the line once more for Barcelona next season.