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When a club like Barcelona come calling, you are supposed to leap with joy at the prospects of playing in one of the best club sides in the world, but that has not been the case with a lot of strikers this summer. About 5 of them have been approached by the catalan club regarding a move to Camp Nou ahead of the new season, but none of them was/is ready to agree to a switch as the harsh reality of possibly playing less than 60 minutes out of a possible 540 minutes per month stared/stares them right in the face. As Messi, Suarez and Neymar all tired in April after many rounds of games for both country and club without little rest, Luis Enrique wished he had a quality backup on the bench to beckon on. A striker remains his signing priority ahead of the new season, but none is yet to arrive and here is a list of those who have rejected them thus far.

NOLITO

The former Celta Vigo forward was being linked with a return to Barcelona as early as January. He was interested in completing the move, but with the club planning a season-long loan move for him rather than a permanent transfer, a lot of reconsideration took place. While the La Liga champions were stalling for reasons only known to them, their former coach, Guardiola approached Nolito, and he promptly accepted a more favorable switch to the Etihad stadium.

BEN ARFA

Now at PSG, nothing concrete was really negotiated between the former OGC Nice striker and Barca. After a resurrective season at the French Ligue 1 last season after a drop in form for the 29-year-old, Madrid and Barcelona saw an opportunity to land him on a free. But Arfa had other plans and will now lineup for the French giants next season.

GAMEIRO

The Europa League winner is nearing a move to join Atletico Madrid despite being courted by Barcelona for the past few months. Apart from the fact that the club considers paying €40million for a squad player outrageous, the Sevilla hitman isn’t ready to become an habitual benchwarmer at Camp Nou when he has a chance for a starting berth at the Vicente Calderon.

VIETTO

After spending majority of last season on Atletico’s bench, the 22-year-old wasn’t particularly keen of the glamour that comes with wearing the Barcelona colors. Instead, the Argentine chose to move to Sevilla despite the heavy interests the league winners had in him.

AYOZE PEREZ

Following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, they were expected to lose a couple of their stars, not excluding Perez. The Catalan side has shown interest in bringing him in this summer as an MSN understudy, but the youngster would rather help push the Magpies back to the EPL than go enjoy the beautiful Barcelona scenes.

LACAZETTE

The 25-year-old French striker has attracted Chelsea and Arsenal due to his explosive form in front of goal in the last 2 seasons. The 5-time European Champions have also shown interest, with the Lyon star even following them on twitter. However, a move isn’t on the cards, with both club and player not willing to do business with Barca. Financially, it won’t yield any gain for the French side, while his career risks nosediving as a result of sure lack of game time.

Despite the disappointments the club has met in the transfer shop, some other strikers are still on their wish list, and just maybe Barcelona will land a quality squad player to take the load off MSN next season. Van Persie, Jonas and Mario Gomez remain are still being linked with a possible arrival to the club. The wait continues.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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