Gameiro (Sevilla), Nolito (Celta), Lucas Pérez (Deportivo) and Alcácer (Valencia)
In the last winter market, Luis Enrique already expressed he wanted a relief for the trident. Since Pedro went to Chelsea, the coach has asked a 4th striker with experience. Munir has held this position with good performance, but Luis Enrique is not satisfied and want to strengthen this position ahead of next season. According to the Catalan Television TV3, these are the four listed candidates to reinforce this position.
Luis Enrique is looking for a forward who can play in three forward positions, who has experience in the Spanish La Liga and accept the role of substitute. Following these parameters, Robert Fernández —Barça's technical secretary— is already working on the issue and suggested several options that must be combined with the economic parameters of the club.
The first name is still Nolito (29). Celta winger was the main candidate to come in January, but the board could not take the risk of a transfer of around 18 million euros. He is the favorite for Luis Enrique because he knows him well from coaching him in Barça B and Celta de Vigo. He plays as winger, so this would expand the range of offensive options for certain games.
Then, one of the trendy players in La Liga: Kevin Gameiro (28). The French, currently playing for Sevilla, is one of the outstanding player of the competition this season, having scored 16 goals in La Liga and 5 in the Europa League. He's very fast, has good technique and usually plays in the forward position. We should see how he fits with Luis Suárez if they had to play together. He has a clause of €40 million, and we know that Sevilla are tough in negotiating.
The third striker on the list is Lucas Pérez (27), who is doing a great season in Deportivo de la Coruña, having scored 16 goals in La Liga. He played in Atlético Madrid's Academy —they are also interested in signing him— and went through several clubs until this year he did a big step forward. Intense, goal scorer and with a good technique, we should also see how he could complement with Luis Suarez. His price would be similar to Nolito because he has a clause of 20 million euros.
And finally, TV3 published the name of Paco Alcácer (22). He is the youngest and one of the greatest promises of Valencia's Academy in recent years. Classy forward, ability to score and also to associate with teammates. Valencia will have to decide if they want to lose one of the key players; if they do that, it might be for a great amount of money.