Barcelona: Five potential transfer targets

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Barcelona have been mentioned in dispatches as being interested in a number of players available for transfer during the summer.

Despite being subjected to a transfer ban imposed by FIFA, the Catalans have not let that stop them registering their interest in certain high-quality exponents.

The loop holes that remain in the legal system may allow Barca to buy a player but not register him until January 2016, loaning him back to his parent club in the meantime.

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Let's take a look at five rumours.

Hector Bellerin

Hector Bellerin left Barcelona as a 16-year-old to join Arsenal, one of a handful of young Barca starlets that decided England was where they wanted to ply their trade.

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It's taken four years for the young right-back to begin to establish himself at first-team level and in truth, he's only been able to do so because of the injury to Mathieu Debuchy.

The Daily Mirror suggests that the Catalans are in for one of their old boys but with Dani Alves about to sign a new contract at Barcelona, this is one transfer that is unlikely to happen.

Joao Cancelo

Joao Cancelo is a name that perhaps not many Barcelona fans will be familiar with.

The youngster is on loan to Barcelona's La Liga rivals Valencia and according to Sport, Los Che want to make the deal permanent with a €15 million transfer.

However, O'Jogo via Sport suggest that Barca have already made their interest in the player known.

As with the Bellerin rumours, there seems to be little substance to this one other than a name being thrown into the hat should Alves eventually not renew.

Paul Pogba

Juventus' Paul Pogba is going to be top of every club's shopping list this summer.

The powerful ex-Manchester United player has built a fearsome reputation for himself during a number of successful seasons in Italy.

The energetic midfielder is most definitely interesting Barcelona and per Tuttosport via Matt Maltby of the Daily Mail, Barca's sporting director Ariedo Braida has already confirmed his club are in talks with Juve:

"We like Pogba, we like him a lot. But that's needless to say. All the big clubs like a champion such as Pogba.

"Marotta (Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta) is a friend of mine and we talk about a lot of things. We have also discussed Pogba.

"He is still young, but already shows things of the highest level. It would be a hugely important operation for Barcelona, a very interesting one."

Clearly any transfer will be complicated and not cheap, but Barca have showed their hand early.

Eurosport have also suggested there has already been another secret meeting between representatives of both sides and a deal agreed because Pogba has no interest in joining Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City.

Ander Herrera

Manchester United's Ander Herrera is alleged to be another midfield target for Barcelona.

The Daily Express suggested that Barca are keen to repatriate the player who joined the Red Devils last summer.

ESPN also use the same report to note:

"While both players seem happy in England, the chance to join Barcelona is one that few players (if any) pass up"

Reading the first few words of the quote is enough to dismiss this particular rumour. Both players are happy in England.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Mateo Kovacic

With one eye on the future, Barcelona need to beef up their midfield with young energetic players like Paul Pogba.

Inter Milan's Mateo Kovacic falls into that category and according to Tuttomercatoweb via Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express, Inter's desire to land Yaya Toure from Manchester City will see Kovacic move on.

The youngster has, allegedly narrowed down his options to Liverpool and Barcelona. With the greatest of respect to the Reds, there's not a contest to be had.

Barca B's Alen Halilovic, a former team mate of Kovacic's at Dinamo Zagreb, may well become pivotal in persuading Kovavic to join the Catalans.

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