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Laurens: Pastore matures for PSG

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By ESPN Staff
Aug 17, 2008

New faces on the way at Camp Nou?

Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has not ruled out the possibility of yet more new faces arriving at the Nou Camp this month.

Barca have already brought in Dani Alves, Seydou Keita, Gerard Pique, Martin Caceres and Alexander Hleb as they rebuild following two years without a major trophy, but that may not be the end of the summer recruitment.

While admitting they were 'happy' with the current squad, Begiristain said: 'The market closes on August 31 and you can never say that the squad is closed.

'If we find ourselves with an opportunity, we will take advantage of it, although any movement will be done in agreement with the coach (Pep Guardiola).

'It is something that we will talk about and study with calm.

'If nobody comes then the lads from the youth team will have their chance to get into the first team, which is also good.'

Barca are believed to be looking at an attacking player who can possibly play on the left of midfield and, after seeing any hope of signing David Silva from Valencia disappear this week, are now being linked with Andrei Arshavin, Diego Capel and Rodrigo Palacio.

Palacio's current club Boca Juniors were in Barcelona this weekend as they were playing Guardiola's men in the Joan Gamper Trophy, but Begiristain played down any suggestion that talks had taken place about the forward.

'There has not been any contact with Boca for Palacio,' he said.

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