Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 11
The squad now seems well set, with Thomas Vermaelen the latest arrival. However, if Luis Enrique thinks further strengthening is required, the likelihood is the board will back his judgment.
Sky Sports noted Andoni Zubizarreta's words:
With the addition of Thomas we completed a defensive line of a very high level. There are options that we are working on for the exit of some player, as such we're not discarding that others could come in.
What I can say is that at midnight on August 31 we hope to have the best squad possible. Even though we are very happy with the players that we have, if there is a chance to improve it, we will try.
Until the first or second (of September), when we talk about the market being closed, anything could happen.
Let's take a look at who has been linked with the club in the last couple of days. Remember to keep checking back throughout the week for updates.
—Last updated: Thursday August 14—
Gerard Deulofeu will seemingly learn the hard way just what it takes to be a regular in the Barca first XI.
As such, the manager has sent him out on loan for another season, rather than offering him a spot in the squad, in the hope that it will make the youngster "shape up."
Sevilla are his new destination where he joins another ex-Barca youngster in Denis Suarez.
If ever a player wasn't wanted at a club, it's Alex Song at Barcelona.
The Catalans are absolutely desperate to rid themselves of the Cameroonian. According to Marca via Liverpool-Man-United-Villa-or-Everton" target="_blank">Jack Wilson of the Daily Star, Liverpool, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Everton have all shown an interest in the player.
If Barcelona can't secure Juan Cuadrado, then they may well turn their attentions to Fabian Johnson.
According to Mundo Deportivo via MLS Soccer the right back is on a list of back-up options.
However it's unclear how any deal for Johnson might work given that a deal was struck just before the World Cup for him to sign for Borussia Monchengladbach from Hoffenheim.
In some good news for Barcelona, rumours have begun to circulate that Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado only wants to sign for the Catalans.
Although the £40 million that La Viola are quoting to secure the player is too expensive for the Blaugrana, it's understood that the player has ask his club to start considering offers as he wants to move on.
Although not top of the wanted list, Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker has emerged as a surprise contender to replace Dani Alves if the Brazilian is offloaded before the end of the transfer window.
According to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, Walker is under consideration even though Spurs would be loathe to part with the right back.
Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado has lit the blue touch paper in the fight to sign him.
The report goes on to say that Cuadrado wants the move to Barca but that United are offering the Italians a better financial package.
With both clubs apparently "going to war" over the signature, it will be interesting to see who ends up victorious.
Clearly, the Catalans will need to move Dani Alves on if they wish to secure Cuadrado.
If Barca are to procure Cuadrado, Dani Alves must be sold.
Despite rumours to the contrary, Simeon Gholam of the Daily Mail noted that Luis Enrique has cryptically told reporters that the Brazilian remains a Barcelona player "for now."
Alves' wages seem to have provided the stumbling block to any move to this point, but there is a school of thought that Barca may allow Alves to leave on the cheap and save on his wages, thereby freeing up cash to spend elsewhere.
With Manchester United sniffing around Cuadrado, the Catalans need to move quickly if they want to sign the player.
Should Manchester United fail in their bid to sign Juventus' Arturo Vidal, per Sky Sports, it is understood the Red Devils could move for Alex Song after registering an interest in the Barcelona player.
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