La Liga champions Barcelona have been in the market for a central defender for a number of years. With the ever-ageing Carles Puyol no longer first choice for the Catalan giants manager Gerardo Martino pictured has been forced to find new personnel.

However Barcelona have carried on trudging over the finish line without a natural centre-back for the majority of the last three seasons – often rotating midfielders Javier Mascherano Sergio Busquets left Alex Song left-back Eric Abidal right (when fit) and right-back Martin Montoya.

This season will be a different story as the Champions League semi-finalists are in the market for three defenders whom all reside in the English Premier League.

Liverpool’s Daniel Agger right Chelsea’s David Luiz left and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany.