Barcelona may be unbeaten in eight outings as they go about obliging on La Liga outright betting odds of 2/5, but that hasn’t stopped the club pondering the need for alternative tactical options to the centre-forwardless style upon which their domestic dominance has been founded.
Los Blaugrana have seemingly learned lessons from hiring Zlatan Ibrahimovic and given a traditional number nine would be used about as often as the average driver’s chamois leather and turtle wax their targets this time around are more modest.
Georgios Samaras, Celtic
The spring chicken of Barca’s quirky shopping list at 28, he somewhat bizarrely garnered over a third of the votes in winning an El Mundo Deportivo poll about who the club’s Plan B man should be.
Despite notching just 72 times in 228 games for Celtic, the fact that he could available on the cheap due to being out of contract in the summer is thought to have the Catalans pondering a repeat raid on Parkhead after nabbing Henrik Larsson in 2004.
Antonio Di Natale, Udinese
One of a brace of Serie A marksman linked with a move, the Udinese legend has hit more than 20 league goals in each of the last four seasons despite the advancing of the years.
Three strikes in seven Serie A outings suggests his scorers instincts remain unfettered in 2013/14, with the striker days away from his 36th birthday.
Miroslav Klose, Lazio
The Polish Germany legend is another hitman raging against the dying of the light, with better than a goal every other game for the Biancocelesti last term.
Still a totemic option despite his nation’s dizzying array of attacking players, Klose has so far scored four goals during Germany’s bid for World Cup 2014 qualification.
David Trezeguet, Newell’s Old Boys
Another 35-year-old, Trezeguet is perhaps the most niche of all the players currently linked with Camp Nou sojourns.
On loan at Argentine league-leaders Newells from River Plate, the former French international last played top-level European football when notching 12 goals in 31 starts for La Liga new arrivals Hercules in 2010/11.