Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 17
It's a big week for the Catalans.
On Friday the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League take place, and on Sunday Barca visit the Santiago Bernabeu for a virtual winner take all El Clasico clash against arch-rivals Real Madrid.
At such a crucial period of the season Tata Martino needs a balanced and settled squad, but rumours still surround certain members of staff.
Let's take a look at who has been linked in and out of the club in the last days, and keep checking back for updates throughout the week as usual.
—Last updated: Friday March 21—
Lee Seung Woo
One of Barcelona's most highly-prized youngsters is set to disappoint a host of Premier League clubs by signing a new deal at La Masia.
According to Oriol Domonech of Mundo Deportivo (Spanish), h/t Matthew Nash of HereIsTheCity, despite being offered quadruple his salary at Chelsea and Liverpool, Lee Seung Woo plans to sign a pre-contract arrangement with Barca.
The 16-year-old who has been dubbed the "Korean Messi" will sign on Monday, the day when his family will permanently relocate to Catalonia.
The nature of the deal means he will not be able to make his first team debut until 18 years of age, but will play friendly matches in the meantime.
Valdes had already agreed a deal to sign for AS Monaco, but importantly it came with a clause that allowed him to accept other offers if they were forthcoming and of interest.
That now seems to have been the case.
In some good news ahead of El Clasico, Barcelona have confirmed that defender Marc Bartra has put pen to paper on a contract extension, tying him to the club until 2017.
According to the Irish Independent, the youngster has now had his buyout clause set at €25 million.
Barcelona's need for a central defensive replacement for Carles Puyol is the most pressing transfer concern for the Blaugrana.
The 26-year-old is good in the air and is a dominant physical presence, both qualities that Barca are sorely lacking in their back line at the moment.
The left-back position has become a real problem for the Reds manager during this campaign after Jose Enrique was injured in the early stages of the season.
The Spaniard is now in America seeking treatment whilst his on-loan replacement from Valencia, Aly Cissokho, has been poor.
So poor in fact, that right-backs Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan have filled in there on occasion.
It has been suggested that a £6 million fee will be enough to secure the Brazilian, who is said to be unhappy at the lack of first-team football at Camp Nou.
Juventus' midfield engine Arturo Vidal could be available for sale, if interested parties are willing to part with €50 million.
However, if any sale was to be sanctioned, Vidal's preferred destination is Barcelona.
The report suggests that Vidal and his agent were thinking about a move in the summer of 2013 but decided to wait another season to see what sort of offers would come his way.
Reliable right-back Dani Alves could finally be on his way out of Barcelona.
The report suggests that the Alves was criticised in the dressing room after the game for the dance he did and for calling on the fans to give the team more support.
T. Andreu of Sport (Spanish) reports that Alves himself wants to explore new options given that this will be the last big contract of his career.
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