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Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Daniel Agger, Dani Alves and More

Brazil's Dani Alvess reacts during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia, the opening game of the tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

Barcelona continue to work on their summer remodelling after coming so close to last season's La Liga title, with Luis Enrique eyeing up moves in defence and midfield particularly.

The newly arrived manager edges closer to his first league game in charge of the Catalan club and will be hoping the business conducted thus far is enough to see his side return to their former prominence.

That being said, time remains for La Blaugrana to make renovations, with light shed on the situations of both potential acquisitions and those already at the club.

 

Daniel Agger

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Daniel Agger of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Daniel Agger's time as a Liverpool player would appear to be coming to and end after spending the 2013-14 season on the fringes of Brendan Rodgers' squad.

It's been speculated for some time that the Dane would be deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield, and the Daily Mail's Chris Waugh says the Barcelona target has "asked to leave" the club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Daniel Agger of Liverpool competes with Romelu Lukaku of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunsk
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Dejan Lovren's arrival on Merseyside has only increased competition at centre-back, and Agger was quoted by Danish newspaper BT (h/t London Evening Standard's Richard Parry) as saying in July:

How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things. I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.

Merseyside reporter Richard Buxton claims that Agger was seen leaving Liverpool training on Friday in tears:

All indications would seem to support that an exit could be on the horizon, with Barca among those willing to give the defender another home.

 

Dani Alves

Contrary to reports, Dani Alves will be remaining at the Camp Nou this season, it seems, and Luis Enrique has been sure to stress the short-term guarantee over that status.

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Goal.com quote the Barca boss as saying at a press conference this week:

Alves is a Barcelona player and a very good one. I know him well and for now he is with Barcelona. I am delighted with his presence in the team.

The words "for now" would appear to suggest there could be changes at right-back in future, but La Blaugrana will at least entrust the former Sevilla star with the responsibility for the immediate future.

OptaJose illustrates how dedicated a figure the Brazilian has been to the club in recent years:

Alves' attacking nature has seen him draw some criticism over the years, with consistency in defence known to be one issue in his game.

However, it appears Barca are at least willing to remain loyal to their servant for the time being, Enrique happy to give Alves his chance before making a long-term decision.

 

Alex Song

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Alex Song of Cameroon looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Vaishali Bhardwaj of Metro states that should a deal for Arturo Vidal fall through, Manchester United will set their sights on Alex Song this summer.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been a peripheral figure since moving to the Spanish giants in 2012, but Song insisted not long after his Emirates departure that he never wanted to leave, per Metro's Sam Ross:

I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave. I was ready to commit my future to the club... [A]ll I wanted were talks about a new contract but each time we were due to sit down, the club postponed it – I was fobbed off. I wanted a new five-year contract at Arsenal, in the end I got one – at Barcelona.

United might hope to ease that pain by offering a return to England, even if it is a bit of a trip from his former home in north London.

Song hasn't been permitted to display his talents on a frequent basis while at Barcelona, but the masses did get a more substantial glimpse of the Cameroonian at the World Cup, where his tournament came to an end thanks to a red-card offence against Croatia.

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