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5 Target Men Barcelona Should Sign This Summer

Jason PettigroveContributor IJune 21, 2014

5 Target Men Barcelona Should Sign This Summer

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    Edin Dzeko would be a perfect addition to the Barcelona roster.
    Edin Dzeko would be a perfect addition to the Barcelona roster.Jon Super/Associated Press

    If Barcelona are looking for a change of direction in attack, the purchase of an able target man is the way to go.

    Such an option would give them the aerial presence up front that they have lacked since the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Whilst Luis Enrique's preferred template is still likely to be the 4-3-3, there is every chance that with the right target man in place, Barca would revert to a 4-2-3-1 when necessary.

    Let's take a look at five strikers who could make a real difference to Barca's attacking credentials.

Edinson Cavani

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    He won't come cheap but Edinson Cavani is available.
    He won't come cheap but Edinson Cavani is available.Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press

    Of all of the players in this list, Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani is likely to be the most expensive.

    The Uruguayan joined the Ligue One side in a £55 million deal from Napoli last summer, but he has allegedly become frustrated at playing second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    According to Chris Richards of the Daily Mirror, Manchester United have pulled out of a deal to buy Cavani after he demanded £300,000 per week wages.

    Barcelona certainly won't entertain Cavani with those figures in mind, but if he is willing to bend in his demands, then then Catalans could well do business.

    Power, strength, omnipresent goal threat and game intelligence. Cavani has it all. 

    At 27 years of age he is in his prime as a footballer and despite being played out of position all season Cavani still scored 16 goals in 30 games.

    In his natural position of centre-forward, expect that to rise significantly.

Edin Dzeko

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    Edin Dzeko has championship-winning pedigree.
    Edin Dzeko has championship-winning pedigree.Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Edin Dzeko has top-level pedigree.

    A scorer of hugely important goals for Manchester City, it's a wonder why he doesn't have a regular starting berth for the Premier League champions.

    Furthermore, in the last four months of the season, he only played the full 90 minutes on four out of 19 occasions, per WhoScored.com.

    Sixteen goals in 31 appearances (eight as sub), is a great return from your front man and with Manuel Pellegrini playing a similar style to that which Luis Enrique is likely to employ at Barca, the Bosnian should have no problem in adapting to life in La Liga.

Fernando Llorente

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    Fernando Llorente has good experience of La Liga.
    Fernando Llorente has good experience of La Liga.Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

    Fernando Llorente knows all about La Liga from his time with Athletic Bilbao.

    According to Sport via Pete Sharland of the Daily Mail, the Spaniard is already on the list of targets compiled by Enrique.

    The Juventus target man had a stuttering start to life in Serie A, but he finished with a 16-goal haul.

    At 6'5", much of Llorente's game is based around his physicality, and despite being not being as mobile as someone like Dzeko, he is still deceptively quick.

    More than able to play in a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2, Llorente's versatility is also a major selling point.

Romelu Lukaku

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    Just 21 years of age, Romelu Lukaku would be an ideal purchase.
    Just 21 years of age, Romelu Lukaku would be an ideal purchase.Yves Logghe/Associated Press

    The youngest player in this list is Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku at 21 years of age.

    Per Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho doesn't fancy him as a starter at the Blues, and he has also questioned the player's mentality.

    After banging in the goals for Everton and West Bromwich Albion whilst on-loan in the last two seasons, many might well question the intentions of the Portuguese.

    Robust, physical and quick, Lukaku has years ahead of him in the game, but Barca will have to move quickly to beat rivals Real Madrid to his signature, according to Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Would Gonzalo Higuain be accepted by the Barcelona faithful?
    Would Gonzalo Higuain be accepted by the Barcelona faithful?Gennaro Giorgio/Associated Press

    Quite how Barcelona fans will feel about having a player from their great rivals Real Madrid on their roster is anyone's guess.

    Luis Figo will attest to just how badly things might turn out, Luis Enrique the opposite. And with Barca's new manager guiding the ship, perhaps Cules would be more forgiving than usual.

    "El Pipita" has had a magnificent season in Italy with Napoli, scoring 17 and assisting seven in 32 appearances, four as sub, per WhoScored.

    His movement and technical ability are first class and goals certainly won't be a problem, but are Barca brave enough to bring Higuain back to the Spanish league?

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