Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

Jason PettigroveContributor IAugust 4, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

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    Thomas Vermaelen should be announced as a Barcelona player over the weekend..
    Thomas Vermaelen should be announced as a Barcelona player over the weekend..CLINT HUGHES/Associated Press

    Barcelona enter August with the make-up of the side almost complete.

    Luis Enrique and his staff have done a sterling job of transforming the nature of the squad, which already has a much more positive feel to it than it did at the end of Tata Martino's short reign.

    With only one or two positions needing to be filled, there is unlikely to be too much more business done by Barca in this summer window.

    Let's take a look at who might still come in and whether there have been any offers for those players remaining whom Lucho considers surplus to requirements.

    Remember to keep checking back throughout the week for updates.

    —Last update: Saturday, August 9— 

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Thomas Vermaelen will soon put pen to paper.
    Thomas Vermaelen will soon put pen to paper.Sang Tan/Associated Press

    The deal to sign Thomas Vermaelen is just hours away from being completed.

    Ben Hayward of Goal.com notes that the Arsenal skipper has passed his medical in the Catalan capital and all that remains is for pen to be put to paper.

    Vermaelen and Barca could make everything official as early as Sunday.

Alex Song

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    Alex Song could be in his way to Italy.
    Alex Song could be in his way to Italy.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    It appears that there might finally be a route out of Barcelona for Alex Song after all.

    According to Sport via Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football, the Catalans are finalising a deal with AC Milan for the Italians to take Song on a year loan with a view to purchase thereafter.

    Only 12 starting appearances last season and no guarantees from Luis Enrique this, leaves the Cameroonian with nowhere else to go at Barca.

Ibrahim Afellay

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    Ibrahim Afellay will join former Barca colleague Eric Abidal at Olympiakos.
    Ibrahim Afellay will join former Barca colleague Eric Abidal at Olympiakos.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Ibrahim Afellay is another bit part player that could be out of the Camp Nou revolving door.

    According to Sport, Luis Enrique has confirmed to the player that he has no future at Barca, and Olympiakos are favourites to snap up the Dutch international.

    The 28-year-old could be signed within the next few days if negotiations are successful.

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of a switch to Barcelona.
    Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of a switch to Barcelona.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

    Barcelona should seal a deal for Arsenal's central defender Thomas Vermaelen over the weekend.

    According to talkSPORT, Manchester United have apparently now pulled out of the running for the player after the Gunners asked for a player swap involving Chris Smalling.

    With the way now clear, the Catalans will pay £15 million for the Belgian international's services.

Juan Cuadrado

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    It now seems unlikely that Juan Cuadrado will line up alongside Neymar next season at club level.
    It now seems unlikely that Juan Cuadrado will line up alongside Neymar next season at club level.Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

    Whilst Thomas Vermaelen might be in the bag, Barca seem to have lost out on another long time target, Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado.

    According to Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express, Louis Van Gaal is more than happy to meet Cuadrado's transfer fee of £36 million, and sees him as an important part of his 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford.

    Per the Express, Andrea Della Valle, the Italian side's president, said:

    I asked Cuadrado to stay, but I'm not optimistic.

    If some important offers arrive, we'll have to let him go."We set the deadline to decide about it on August 15th, if the offers that we have in mind will arrive, it will be impossible to keep him.

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Who will sign Thomas Vermaelen?
    Who will sign Thomas Vermaelen?Yves Logghe/Associated Press

    It's now a straight fight between Manchester United and Barcelona for the services of Thomas Vermaelen.

    According to BBC Sport, Arsene Wenger would prefer to sell the player abroad:

    He needs to play now. He has shown an outstanding attitude but he is in a position where we wouldn't stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.

    Ideally, yes, we would like to sell him abroad and that is an option for us.

    I don't want to say how many offers we have but we have offers from abroad as well.

    He was forced to admit however that the Red Devils are in the mix saying: "I think they could be in the group."

Ibrahim Afellay

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    Besiktas are ready to offer Ibrahim Afellay a lifeline.
    Besiktas are ready to offer Ibrahim Afellay a lifeline.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Ibrahim Afellay could finally be on his way out of Barcelona with Turkish club Besiktas the latest to be linked with a move for him.

    According to Catalan daily Sport, there is information coming out of Turkey that suggests genuine interest on the part of the club.

    With no future for him at Barca, Afellay would do well to accept any offer that is placed on the table.

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Barcelona have made a £10 million bid for Thomas Vermaelen.
    Barcelona have made a £10 million bid for Thomas Vermaelen.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Barcelona have once again moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

    According to Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports, the Catalans have placed a firm bid of £10 million for the Belgian, which matches the Gunners valuation of the player.

    With only a year left of his contract, and with Arsene Wenger admitting that he cannot guarantee Vermaelen regular first-team football, Barca's interest may have come just at the right time for all concerned.

Jerome Boateng

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    Could Jerome Boateng be leaving Germany for Spain?
    Could Jerome Boateng be leaving Germany for Spain?Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

    Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng has become a prime target for Barcelona according to Radio Marca via Rafa Sahaquillo of the print edition of Marca.

    According to the report, the German's have valued the player at €39 million and with Real Madrid also allegedly interested, it has prompted Andoni Zubizaretta to bring forward a meeting with the player.

    That said, ITV via InsideFutbol quote Pep Guardiola as saying:

    "I don't usually say anything about things I see in the newspaper, but I am planning 100 percent with him here."

Dani Alves

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    Is Dani Alves off to Italy?
    Is Dani Alves off to Italy?Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Dani Alves could be on his way to Italy if rumours in Sport via Football Italia are near the mark.

    Whilst there is no mention of a transfer fee, the reports suggest that an offer from Inter Milan has been made but they are currently baulking at Alves' wage demands.

    With no future for him at Barcelona, despite his personal preference to stay, Andoni Zubizaretta may be tempted to part with the Brazilian for a cut-price figure in order that the Catalans can then focus their energies on pursuing Juan Cuadrado.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Juan Cuadrado could now be on his way to Manchester.
    Juan Cuadrado could now be on his way to Manchester.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

    Barcelona may quickly have to put up or shut up if they want to secure Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.

    According to Gary Jones of the Daily Star, Manchester United have:

    Understood to have offered a deal worth around £29m, with Fiorentina now resigned to losing Cuadrado this summer.

    The Viola were originally asking for £40m for Cuadrado but have negotiated a deal with Old Trafford chiefs that will see the initial fee rise in connection with appearances and performance.

Dani Alves

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    Could Liverpool get Dani Alves at a cut-price fee?
    Could Liverpool get Dani Alves at a cut-price fee?David Ramos/Getty Images

    Dani Alves could be on his way to Liverpool for a bargain €6.5 million.

    According to Mundo Deportivo (via Renato Goncalves of Barca Blaugranes), Brendan Rodgers sees the Brazilian as perfect competition for Glen Johnson or as an option to fill in at left-back for the Anfield outfit.

    Mundo Deportivo (Spanish) also noted the player's desire to stay at the club, via Barca Blaugranes:

    I want to talk to the club, express my desire and my goals to them, and see if they still want to work with me. When I meet with them we'll decide if I stay or not, because it's not just me or them who has to decide, it's all of us.

    Leaving is an option, yes, but I have to talk to the club. I have a contract, and want to finish it, but we've got to be on the same page. The truth is, I'm incredibly happy here at Barca. I might be repeating myself but that's just the way it is. I'm happy here, I've had great years and I want to stay. I just need to meet with the club to see if they feel the same way, then I'll stay.

    However, it would appear the club don't feel the same way.

    Sport (Spanish) note the club's desire to sell Alves, per Barca Blaugranes:

    Alves will meet with Barca's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and team coach Luis Enrique next week to make his exit official. Lucho has it clear in his mind that he doesn't count on Alves to be part of his plans.

    Instead, Enrique really wants to sign Colombia star Juan Cuadrado to replace the 31-year-old Brazilian. 

Mats Hummels

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    Could Mats Hummels be on the way to Barca?
    Could Mats Hummels be on the way to Barca?Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

    Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels could still wind up at Camp Nou if Luis Enrique gets his way.

    According to the Daily Express' John Richardson, Barcelona have made an inquiry and are in a battle with Manchester United to secure the services of the German World Cup winner.

    Dortmund would be loathe to lose one of their best defenders, but a bid in the region of £30 million could be enough to change their minds. 

Juan Cuadrado

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    Barcelona are not firm favourites for Juan Cuadrado's signature.
    Barcelona are not firm favourites for Juan Cuadrado's signature.Fabrizio Giovannozzi/Associated Press

    Manchester United could also lose out to Barcelona in the race to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.

    According to the Daily Express' Jamie Anderson, the Catalans are now the favourites to sign the Colombian in a deal rumoured to be around £30 million after the player expressed he would prefer a move to Spain.

    It's a move that will please James Rodriguez, Cuadrado's international team-mate. The new Real Madrid signing told Radio Caracol:

    I hope that the deal goes through, he is a great friend of mine.

    If he were to arrive, it would open the door to other Colombians, because we would have many playing at great clubs.

    Transfer talks are expected to begin shortly. 

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Thomas Vermaelen will be released by Arsene Wenger.
    Thomas Vermaelen will be released by Arsene Wenger.Bogdan Maran/Associated Press

    A hat-trick of near misses for the Red Devils could be completed if Barca sign Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

    According to the Daily Mirror's Steve Stammers, the Gunners are loathe to sell to a Premier League rival.

    With Luis Enrique believing the Belgian is perfect for his Barcelona side, a deal could be concluded swiftly.

    A figure of £10 million is being quoted for the 28-year-old, who could leave on a free transfer next season should he prefer to wind his contract down in north London.