Barcelona have a great squad right now and it was evident when they almost went unbeaten for the whole season last time. However, their Champions League campaign was sinusoidal and eventually, they were knocked out by AS Roma.
The Catalan giants are not without Andres Iniesta and replacing him is almost impossible. The huge gap left by the Spanish legend will be difficult to fill but Barcelona need to make a couple of world class signings to minimise the loss.
While there are a lot of stunning players out there, it is important for Blaugrana to sign the ideal ones for their team. Signing random players isn’t the way forward, it is about signings who can make it into the first team and the one who can actually challenge players already in the starting XI.
Here are three players who can take Barcelona to the next level:
#3 Marco Verratti
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With Iniesta gone, it is essential for Barca to sign a replacement. The ideal player who can do it right now is PSG star, Marco Verratti. The Italian is one of the best in the world right now and has been linked with a move to Camp Nou for a long time.
He was reportedly close to joining them last summer but the Neymar saga made things bitter between the two clubs and he stayed put at Parc des Princes. Now might be the ideal time for Barcelona to make a move as PSG have FFP rules to comply with they would rather lose the midfielder than part ways with Kylian Mbappe or Neymar.
A midfield of Verratti, Busquets and Rakitic/Paulinho will be very difficult to get past. They will also be deadly in attack and create more chances for Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are already there in the squad and if they can chip in with some stellar performances when needed, Barcelona can go unbeaten next season and even break Real Madrid’s monopoly in the Champions League.
Manchester United have been linked with a £70 million move for Verratti and that means Barcelona will have to act fast if they wish to sign him.
#2 Antoine Griezmann
The one player who has been linked the most with a move to Camp Nou this summer is Antoine Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid star has a release clause and Barcelona are said to be keen on activating it.
Signing him will take the pressure off Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi and give them that extra edge in attack. Apart from scoring goals, he can link up well with the two and the gap left by Neymar will be filled.
A 4-3-3 with Griezmann-Suarez-Messi or even a 4-4-2 diamond with Griezmann and Suarez upfront and Messi as CAM will make Barcelona unstoppable for opponents and winning games will become easy.
#1 Kalidou Koulibaly
Gerard Pique is still one of the best defenders in the world and Samuel Umtiti has just committed his future to the club. However, they do not have an experienced backup defender who can push the two to play better.
Thomas Vermaelen is hardly fit while Yerry Mina is too young to challenge for a starting role. Kalidou Koulibaly can be the ideal signing for the Catalan side.
He has all that it takes to be at Barcelona and would jump on the opportunity. He was one of the main reasons why Napoli finished 2nd in Serie A last season and can be the one to help Barcelona go unbeaten next season.
With Koulibaly and Yerry Mina in the squad, Valverde can rotate more and that will help the players be fresh for every single game.