Pepe Guardiola won 14 trophies in 4 years at Barcalona, which isn’t bad going, but let's see what kind of business he did towards the end of his time at the Camp Nou.
7. Cesc Fabregas - Chelsea
Pep made just two signings in his final summer in charge of Barcelona, the first of which was Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The World Cup winner had joined Arsenal from the La Masia academy at the age of 16, and a return to Catalonia always seemed likely. That return arrived for a potential fee of £35 million in 2011, and Fabregas spent the next three seasons as a regular at the Camp Nou. He made a Premier League comeback in 2014 with a move to Chelsea, and the now 31-year-old playmaker is still with the Blues.
6. Alexis Sanchez - Manchester United
Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United arrives at the ground before the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United...
The only other signing made by Guardiola in his final season in Barcelona was wide man Alexis Sanchez. A quick, purposeful and explosive wide forward who had impressed in Italy with Udinese, Pep made Sanchez a Barcelona player for a fee of £23 million, which could reportedly climb to £33 million depending on add-ons. Sanchez had three pretty good seasons in La Liga, before being sold to Arsenal for £32 million. The Chilean was a star in North London, but he left the club for Manchester United in January, where his career has stalled at the age of 29 under Jose Mourinho.
5. David Villa - New York City FC
The most expensive acquisition by Pep Guardiola in this seven was the £34 million purchase of prolific Valencia forward David Villa. Spain’s all time record goal scorer was only 18 months shy of his 30th birthday, so the fee was a mark of the high regard Barcelona held him in. Villa did what he does best at the Camp Nou, bagging 48 goals in 119 games before heading off to Atletico Madrid. Now aged 36, Villa has been in the MLS since 2015, where he has scored a mightily impressive 74 goals in 113 games for New York City FC.
4. Javier Mascherano - Hebei China Fortune
Javier Mascherano of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena on June 30, 2018 in Kazan, Russia.
From Spain’s all time top scorer to Argentina’s most capped player in their history, Javier Mascherano was signed by Pep Guardiola from Liverpool in 2010. A strong and determined defensive midfielder during his time at Anfield, Mascherano played predominantly as a centre-back at the Camp Nou. A fantastic character and leader who won five league titles and two Champions Leagues in Catalonia, Mascherano left the club in January to join Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune.
3. Adriano - Besiktas
A talented but injury prone utility player who spent six seasons at Barcelona, during which time he made 189 appearances, Adriano was brought to the Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2010. Primarily a left-back, Adriano could also deputise at right-back and on the left or right side of midfield. Capped 17 times by Brazil, Adriano left Barca for his current club Besiktas back in 2016.
2. Ibrahim Afellay - Stoke City
Ibrahim Afellay of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England.
A 32-year-old who it is easy to think, and indeed he kind of looks, as though he is still only 19. Highly thought of from a young age, Afellay came through the youth ranks at PSV, where he made his debut at 17. He was named as the Young Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2007, and three years later he was part of a Netherlands squad that reached the World Cup final.
Afellay spent five seasons at Barcelona, two of which he spent out on-loan, racking up a total of 35 appearances in the other three. He looked to be a bit of a coup when Stoke City signed him in 2015, but his three seasons with the Potters have been plagued with injuries and inconsistency.
1. Maxwell - PSG Sporting Director
Rounding off our look at Pep Guardiola’s last 7 Barcelona signings is supposedly one of the most likeable characters in football, retired Brazilian full-back Maxwell. It’s worth noting, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, that not a single one of Guardiola’s last 7 signings at Barca is still at the club.
Maxwell himself, who joined the La Liga outfit for less than £4 million from Inter Milan, spent a total of three seasons at the Camp Nou. One of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game, Maxwell was a talented left-back, who left Barca for PSG in 2012. After five years in the first team, Maxwell retired in 2017, and now serves as the club’s sporting director.
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