Barcelona Transfer Rumors: Van Persie, Neymar, Bale? 6 Players Who Could Be Arriving After Guardiola Exit [SLIDESHOW]

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  • Robin van Persie
    Given the troubles Barcelona had converting chances in crucial games against Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past two weeks, a more orthodox striker, of the ilk that Van Persie has been molded into, could be on the transfer agenda at the Nou Camp. The 28-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season and Van Persie has postponed any talk on a new deal until the summer. Barcelona has consistently been linked with the striker and it seems clear that a move to the Camp Nou would prove a huge temptation for the Dutchman. Reuters
  • Javi Martinez
    Barcelona has been linked with a move for the Athletic Bilbao star this summer, after the 23-year-old has established himself as one of the leading young players in Spain. A defensive midfielder with plenty of ability on the ball, the Spanish international would fit comfortably into the Barcelona philosophy, though he would likely initially struggle to earn a regular place in the star-studded midfield. Reuters
  • Gareth Bale
    Another addition that could perhaps ensure Barcelona overcome their recent disappointments next season is a left back who can offer the width and attacking verve that Dani Alves provides on the opposite side. The chief target to fulfill that role appears to be Gareth Bale. Although deployed as a left winger at Tottenham, it has long been thought by many that Bale’s future lies at outside back, where he played much of his soccer earlier in his career. Although he would be far from cheap, Bale has spoken of his interest in a move to the Camp Nou and could potentially be pried away from white Hart Lane, particularly if Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League. Reuters
  • Neymar
    The Santos forward is already one of the stars of the world game and could increase his stock once more with a shining role in this summer’s Olympics. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been chasing the Brazil international for over a year now, but it would appear that the Catalans are in pole position for his signature. Perhaps all that remains is the question of when Neymar will arrive, with the 20-year-old suggesting that he wants to stay in Brazil until after the 2014 World Cup. Reuters
  • Ashley Cole
    The Chelsea left-back has long been thought of as one off the finest left-backs in world soccer and has been talked about as a possible target for Barcelona on several occasions. Though Cole is no longer as unsettled at Stamford Bridge as he was under previous coach Andre Villas Boas, the 31-year-old could be tempted with a move to the Camp Nou while still in his prime. Reuters
  • Thiago Silva
    It is widely believed that Barcelona plan on making a big move to sign the Milan center-back this season. The 27-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the finest defenders in world soccer in Italy and could well be seen as the long-term replacement for Carlos Puyol at the Camp Nou. While the player may be open to a move, Milan are unlikely to want to sell one of their star players without an epic fight. Reuters
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Following the departure of coach Pep Guradiola on Friday, the next few months are sure to be eventful at the Camp Nou. The man given the unenviable task of replacing the most successful coach in the club's history, Tito Vilanova, is certain to have his own ideas about present and future personnel at the club.

All of which means that there could well be several comings and goings in Catalonia this summer.

Despite all they have achieved in recent seasons, the past two weeks confirmed that tweaks are needed to the Barcelona squad if they are to regain their place at the top of world soccer. Guardiola was more aware than anyone of the need to constantly evolve and that theory is unlikely to disappear from the club, even in his absence.

Several big names have been linked with a move ot the Camp Nou and here's a look at some that could come to fruition in the coming weeks and months.

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