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#1: Neymar – From Paris Saint-Germain- Probability of move happening: 3/10

Was soll man da machen? PSG-Superstar Neymar.
NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain in action during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio San Paolo on November 6, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Ironically, that’s the same reason why the Spanish Champions should try and re-sign the Brazilian. When he was at Barcelona, it was his theatrics and not the form which troubled the Barcelona fans. Now that Neymar has learned his lessons the hard way, he might be welcomed back in the fold.

What’s more, while his reputation might have taken a hit, Neymar’s form is still intact. He managed to score 15 and assist 7 goals despite playing only 17 games in an injury-ravaged season. Throw into the mix his relationship with Messi and Suarez, and Barcelona could do well with Neymar back onboard.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Ligue 1 Season 2018/19

When Neymar completed his world-record transfer to PSG in 2017, those close to the Brazilian hoped that the move away from Messi would see Neymar cement his reputation as one of the three best players in the world.

Fast forward two years and Neymar is still as far away from the likes of Messi and Ronaldo as he was back then. If anything, his on-field theatrics and off-field shenanigans have further sullied the reputation of a player many predicted would be among the world’s best for years to come.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Ligue 1 Season 2018/19

#2: Willian – From Chelsea: Chances of move happening: 4/10

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Willian of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Although Willian managed to score only 3 goals last season, he should have scored more as the Brazilian hit the woodwork 4 times last season. He still proved his worth to the Chelsea squad by providing 6 assists to his teammates.

What’s more, while he will be 31 next season, Willian is showing no signs of slowing down. The Brazilian started 26 games for Chelsea and rarely did he came off injured. So if Barcelona are able to sign him, they’d be bringing in a workhorse.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Premier League Season 2018/19

In a move that nobody saw coming, Barcelona made a cash-plus-player offer to Chelsea in the January transfer window in a bid to sign Willian. The Spanish giants were prepared to offer up to £38 million for the Brazilian and send Malcolm the other way.

While Chelsea rejected the offer straight away – as the club was busy preparing for a potential transfer ban – Barcelona might again come knocking for the 30-year-old in the summer. Still, now that the transfer ban on Chelsea is in place, it would take a mammoth offer to force the Blues to consider letting their star player leave.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Premier League Season 2018/19

#3: Junior Firpo – Real Betis: Probability of happening: 5/10

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - AUGUST 02: Matthias Ginter of Borussia Moenchengladbach poses during the team presentation at Borussia Park on August 2, 2018 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - AUGUST 02: Matthias Ginter of Borussia Moenchengladbach poses during the team presentation at Borussia Park on August 2, 2018 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While his pass completion rate of 82.8 percent is nothing to gloat about, the fact that the Spaniard managed 1 key pass per game last season suggests that he could be a long-term successor to Jordi Alba at Barcelona.

Despite playing only his first season in LA LIGA, Firpo registered five assists and scored three goals in 2018/19. That suggests that the young left full-back has more than an eye for goal.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance LA LIGA Season 2018/19

Signed by Real Betis in 2016 from Spanish minnows CD Puerto, Firpo plied his trade for Betis B for three years before making his senior-team debut last year. His first season at the senior level was a revelation as the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Liverpool were all linked with him.

In order to know why that’s the case, the stats of Firpo go a long way in cementing his reputation as one of the best upcoming full-backs in Europe.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance LA LIGA Season 2018/19

#4: Lautaro Martinez – From Inter Milan: Chances of Move Happening: 3/10

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 17: Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale celebrates the victory at the end of the Serie A match between AC Milan and FC Internazionale at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 17, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Although he featured in a sizable 27 games for Inter last season, it cannot be ignored that 14 of those appearances came from the bench. That’s the main reason why no other Inter Milan player managed to score more goals from the bench than the 22-year-old.

His prowess in front of the goal could also be gauged from the fact that Martinez managed 0.22 goals per game last season. The minutes per goal ratio of the Argentine – which stood at 224 minutes per goal – perched him above the likes of seasoned veterans Ivan Perisic (328).

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Serie A Season 2018/19

There is a long history of the relationship between Inter Milan and Argentine strikers. From the club legend Diego Milito to their current club captain Mauro Icardi, the club has enjoyed huge success when an Argentine is leading their attack.

Based on this history, nobody at Inter was in doubt back when the club paid a handsome amount of £20m to acquire the services of Lautaro Martinez from Racing Club. Fortunately for the club, the Argentine has come good for them – as suggested by his name being liked with Barcelona.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance Serie A Season 2018/19

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#5: Saul Niguez – From Atletico Madrid: Chances of move happening: 3/10

Saul Niguez should replace Paul Pogba at Manchester United
MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 26: Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Wanda Metropolitano on January 26, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

A combative midfielder who could break the opposition’s attacks, Niguez committed the 3 rd most fouls for any atletico midfielder last season. That fearless attitude made him a nuisance for the Referees as Niguez was the most booked Atletico Madrid player last term.

However, it is not the defensive side of his game which has made Niguez into a formidable midfielder. The 24-year-old was the 3 rd top scorer for Atletico Madrid with 4 goals last season and he had an assist to his name. Consequently, if they are up, they’ll get a box-to-box midfielder.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance LA LIGA Season 2018/19

Although Barcelona currently has no need for a new central midfielder, the situation depends on the decision of Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian International was reportedly unsettled at the Camp Nou last term, with teams like PSG and Manchester

If the Croat does not move, Barcelona would have a huge problem on their hands. 24 year-old Saul Niguez has made a name for himself at the Camp Nou.

Ligalive Infographics: Player Performance LA LIGA Season 2018/19

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