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Barcelona Transfer Rumours: 6 Latest Players Reported to Be on the Move

Peter WebsterContributor IIIApril 5, 2012

Barcelona Transfer Rumours: 6 Latest Players Reported to Be on the Move

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    When your team is Barcelona—the current world, European and Spanish champions—transfer gossip is an everyday occurrence.

    With the end of the season looming, the summer transfer window creeps ever closer for the Catalan giants.

    Barca's league campaign this season has been mediocre by their standards, and Real Madrid are looking likely to claim La Liga's top prize. The Madrid outfit are currently six points clear with only eight games remaining.

    Here are the latest six players reported to be on the move to or from Barcelona this summer.

Cristian Tello

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    Liverpool are interested in signing young Cristian Tello from European champions Barcelona, according to Mirror Football.

    The player can be utilised as a striker or wideman. It is unknown whether the Catalan giants would prefer a permanent sale or a loan move at this juncture.

    There is no figure currently mentioned.

Robin Van Persie

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    Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has declared that the only team he watches on television is Barcelona.

    Besides Arsenal, of course.

    The Guardian has suggested that Van Persie would find the calling of Barca difficult to turn down, should they make an offer for the Dutchman.

    Van Persie will have just 12 months remaining on his contract come the summer.

Fabio and Rafael Da Silva

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    According to Caughtoffside.com, both Fabio and Rafael Da Silva of Manchester United are on Barcelona's shopping list for the summer.

    The Brazilian twins are seen to be long-term successors to the aging Eric Abidal and Dani Alves. It is thought the opportunity to play more minutes would appeal to them.

    There is no figure mentioned.

David Luiz

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    Rumours of Barcelona wanting to sign Chelsea's David Luiz are still going strong, with the Mail providing the latest low down.

    With John Terry recovering from surgery and tiredness, Luiz and Gary Cahill have proved to be a solid pairing for the Stamford Bridge outfit of late.

    The figure mentioned is £35 million.

Neymar

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    According to the Independant, Neymar may already have agreed to sign for Barcelona in a €58 million deal.

    The article goes on to state that a €14 million down payment has already been made to Santos, with the date the player will move being the only bone of contention.

Ibrahim Afellay

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    Liverpool seem set to test Barcelona's resolve for Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay in the summer, according to Sport1.nl (via Liverpoolfc.tv).

    Barca only paid €3 million for Afellay as his contract was set to expire with former club PSV Eindhoven in 2011, but Liverpool are believed to be offering four times that amount with a €12 million bid.

    With Afellay no longer a first-choice player, the deal may suit all parties concerned.

Afterthoughts

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    I can't see both Neymar and Robin Van Persie arriving at the Nou Camp in the summer. If they did, European clubs will be panicking at the fearsome strikeforce that Barcelona could call upon.

    David Villa is in danger of becoming a forgotten man as he recovers from his broken shin, and the aging Spaniard might have to look for football elsewhere if he doesn't come back sharp.

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the 10 Most Hilarious Footballer Names of All Time.

     

    On Twitter? Follow me @petercwebster where I post all my B/R content.

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