Barcelona star Dani Alves has sent out an ominous message to Manchester United and the rest of European football, saying he believes the Catalan club has an even better squad this year reports talkSPORT.
Pep Guardiola wasted no time in adding to his star-studded line-up at the Camp Nou, bolstering his ranks with the capture of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, for a combined fee of around £50million.
The La Liga holders also continue to churn out a production line of promising talent, this time with the promotion of young Spaniard Thiago Alcantara, who graduates from the world-renowned La Masia youth academy to link up with the first-team.
Hailed as arguably the greatest side in football history, Barcelona lifted last season's UEFA Champions League with a scintillating display which led to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that on the night the best team won, and conceded that his Manchester United players were some way off the superfluous Barcelona side, who continue to boast an array of technically adept, free-flowing football - to devastating effect.
And Alves, who played 88 minutes in the showcase finale against United, thinks the club is growing ever-stronger thanks to the quality of the summer arrivals.
"It is very clear to me that today the club are better than last year," confirmed the Brazilian full-back. "We have added three world-class players which will inevitably make us better and I think the club already had great quality."
Ferguson has also successfully strengthened his Manchester United squad over the summer, with the signing of David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones.
With an emphasis once again placed on youth, it remains to be seen whether the Reds' up-and-coming stars can rise to the challenge that will inevitably waiting for them when the club returns to European action later this year.