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8 strikers Barcelona could turn to as emergency backups

Tom Gott
Ronald Koeman wants a new striker
Ronald Koeman wants a new striker / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

It's January, and for Barcelona, that means dipping their toe into the transfer market to bring in a weird new striker. It's tradition.

Barcelona love leaving eyebrows raised with their transfer business. Martin Braithwaite and Kevin Prince-Boateng were the last two emergency strikers, and manager Ronald Koeman has made it clear he wants Barca to get looking for someone new again.

Let's take a look at who he could go for.

1. Memphis Depay

Depay is Koeman's top target
Depay is Koeman's top target / Xavier Laine/Getty Images

An obvious place to start.

Koeman wants to sign Lyon hitman Memphis Depay, who has six months left on his contract and is likely to walk away for free at the end of the season. It makes sense to start with him.

He's one of Ligue 1's top scorers this season and he's led Lyon to the top of the table, but for the right price, the French side might be tempted to sell.

2. Maxi Gomez

Gomez might be available
Gomez might be available / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Valencia are in free-fall. They're flirting with relegation and might be forced to sell some players in January to balance the books, and Barcelona could look to take advantage of that.

Among Valencia's most valuable assets is striker Maxi Gomez, who has a good track record of scoring goals in the Spanish top flight - something Barcelona are usually keen for their emergency recruits to have.

The 24-year-old might be a little expensive, but he would offer some much-needed cover for a good few years at least.

3. Rafa Mir

Mir is Huesca's top scorer
Mir is Huesca's top scorer / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Sticking with the bottom of La Liga, Barcelona could return to their old ways and leave the league's poorest team stranded without their top scorer.

Huesca look in real trouble this season. Loanee Rafa Mir is trying his best to keep them afloat, but Barcelona will be licking their lips at the prospect of signing the Wolves man and leaving Huesca to drown.

Do Wolves want to sell? Probably not. Can Barcelona's desire to kil all other teams be stopped? Absolutely not.

4. Steven Caulker

Caulker is a lethal finisher
Caulker is a lethal finisher / ANP Sport/Getty Images

One of the most famous strikers in the history of the Premier League, Steven Caulker could solve more than a few problems for Barcelona.

The 29-year-old Alanyaspor forward has managed two goals and one assist this season, so he could help out in attack, but perhaps more importantly, he could fill in at the back when required.

During his time with Liverpool, we saw Caulker fit in perfectly out of position at centre-back on his debut against Arsenal. That's how the story went, right?

5. Donyell Malen

Malen could be on the move soon
Malen could be on the move soon / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Instead of wasting everyone's time by signing some obscure striker, why not go all-out and actually prepare yourselves for the future for once?

PSV Eindhoven's Donyell Malen is just waiting for his big move, and Barcelona are known to be fans of the 21-year-old's performances in the Eredivisie.

If Barca sign Malen now, they will be sorted at striker for the next decade. The right decision doesn't always get approved in the Camp Nou boardroom, but maybe this is the time.

6. Luis Suarez

Suarez is in hot form
Suarez is in hot form / OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images

Have you seen this guy? Luis Suarez, I think he's called. He's scoring goals for fun with Atletico Madrid.

If you want a striker with La Liga experience, he's the best bet. He's managed over 150 goals in the competition throughout his career, most of which came for...oh.

7. Cristhian Stuani

Stuani is a regular target
Stuani is a regular target / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Girona striker Cristhian Stuani is usually on Barcelona's radar at this time of year.

He bagged 40 goals in his last two seasons in La Liga, so he knows how to get the job done in Spain, but he's also dirt cheap because he's 34 and now playing in the second tier.

Stuani is the ideal short-term signing, so don't be surprised to see links to the Uruguay international return.

8. Lucas Perez

Perez has impressed back in Spain
Perez has impressed back in Spain / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Arsenal flop Lucas Perez has done some good work rebuilding his career in Spain.

He bagged 11 goals last season for Alaves and has brought some solid form over to the current campaign, so he's still good enough to do some form of job at Camp Nou.

Perez was struggling at West Ham just two years ago, but that's the kind of striker Barcelona love to sign.

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