Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 5
So, one Barcelona transfer story is finally put to bed by the player himself, and another saga prepares to take centre stage.
David Luiz's dream move to Barca looks set to be vetoed by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and with only one week left until the start of the La Liga season, will "Tata" Martino have to make do with Adriano or Javier Mascherano as an emergency centre back?
What will this mean for Barca's hopes of keeping pace with what looks like an already well-oiled Real Madrid machine.
Let's take a look at the news and rumours from the last couple of days and remember to keep checking this page for updates.
LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY AUGUST 9
One would expect any deal to be completely and immediately rebuffed by Barcelona given the dearth of natural centre backs manager Gerardo Martino has at his disposal.
However, Turner reports that Martino is likely to allow the loan deal to go through in order for the player to get some much-needed first team experience under his belt.
It is understood that the 22-year-old is also open to the move which could well spark anger amongst the Barca faithful if the club have not secured adequate reinforcements.
At last, Cesc Fabregas has finally put to bed any notion of a move away from the Camp Nou.
Manchester United manager David Moyes will be hugely disappointed to have lost out on his second Barca target of the summer but Fabregas has left him no further room for manoeuvre.
David Saura reports the player's comments at his press conference via fcbarcelona.com
I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. I left a club that had done a lot for me and my opinion never changed.
My dream of being a success at Barça was huge and nobody can change that. I never doubted for a moment. I have always stayed calm about this.
Fabregas went on:
There were never any doubts, either from club or myself. I have always felt wanted. I have messages from the president, from Bartomeu, from Tito... I have spoken face-to-face with Tata. There’s no problem in that regard.
There was never anything in my head other than the idea of staying here … I didn’t lie to anyone.
I didn’t hide anything. My conscience is clear. I am very happy at FC Barcelona.
After missing out on Thiago Silva and then Marquinhos, Barca would've hoped to tie up a deal for a player who has already expressed a wish to join the club by indicating he would take a cut in salary (per Mundo Deportivo h/t Gary Jones of the Daily Star).
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that Mourinho is having none of it, having already turned down one official offer for the player from Barcelona.
The bid? It's lost time for them.
My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time.
We don't want to lose our best players. No chance.
The second player on the list that Mourinho alludes to is Liverpool's Daniel Agger.
Paul Joyce of the Daily Express has reported that the Reds have already turned down a £15 million bid for Agger from Barcelona but they are expecting another offer to be forthcoming.
The report claims Agger is interested in the move but has told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he is perfectly happy at Anfield and will remain at the club for as long as he is wanted and required.
However, a bid in the region of £25 million may force Rodgers to reconsider his club's position on a player that only has a year left on his current contract.
A new name in the transfer frame this summer comes in the shape of Newell's Old Boys goalkeeper Nahuel Ignacio Guzman.
Mundo Deportivo (h/t yahoo.com) are reporting that new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is a confirmed admirer of the 27-year-old stopper and has made noises to the Barca hierarchy that he sees the player as the long term replacement for Victor Valdes.
At 6'3", Guzman is a commanding presence between the sticks and is likely to represent good business should "Tata" be given the green light to raid his old club.
In the two years since the player signed from Celta Vigo he has made just two first team appearances.
With City once again heavily involved in transfer shenanigans this summer, it is highly unlikely that Suarez will see any major first team breakthrough.
Therefore, it benefits all parties if a move back to Spain for the Under-20 international can be agreed.
It is understood that Suarez will first play in Eusebio Sacristan's Barca B team with a view to making the step up to the first team should he impress.
The newspaper are reporting that if Fabregas is not given a guarantee of higher status within the squad at Barcelona, then he will force through a move to the English Premier League champions.
Gerardo Martino has made it perfectly clear previously that Fabregas features in his plans but has stopped short of giving such guarantees.
Fabregas himself has remained tight-lipped throughout, which has been interpreted as an intention to quit the Camp Nou should he not receive the backing he requires.
The report alleges that Barcelona representatives have been in London to give Chelsea the clearest signal yet that they intend to open negotiations for Luiz.
It is believed a formal offer of £34.5 million will follow shortly, however with Bayern Munich having been quoted €60 million (£52 million) to purchase Luiz, you can expect Barca's opening gambit to be ignored.
With Luiz reporting to be willing to take a pay cut to force through the move, the Blues would be unlikely to fetch their asking price so a figure somewhere between the two is likely to see the player trade Stamford Bridge for Camp Nou.
Whilst Luiz is certainly preferred, Agger remains well thought of at Camp Nou and Gerardo Martino would take Agger to partner Gerard Pique if necessary.
The Dane might represent a more attractive proposition for the Barca money-men as his transfer fee is unlikely to be anywhere near that of Luiz.
Whether the player himself would be seduced by the Blaugrana is open to conjecture however Liverpool, despite any protestations to the contrary, may look to offload a player with only just over a year left on his current two-year deal.
One person who is set to join Barcelona is new Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
The only problem is it will be in 12 months' time rather than immediately.
Furthermore, Reina is said to be very unhappy with the Anfield outfit after the move to the Serie A side was organised without his knowledge or initial consent.
Javier Mascherano could be a surprise exit from Camp Nou if Rafael Benitez gets his way.
Whilst it appears that Benitez has money to spend, a buyout clause of €100 million is likely to make any transfer difficult.
Given that Gerardo Martino is yet to secure any defensive targets himself, the likelihood of allowing a player who is an able deputy at centre-back to leave the club is fanciful at best.
It appears that the will-he-won't-he transfer saga of Cesc Fabregas has finally come to a definitive end.
If Gerardo Martino's statement (per Chris Bascombe, Daily Telegraph) was not unequivocal enough, Sport (h/t SkySports.com) are reporting that Manchester United have now given up their pursuit of the player.
Barca's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is quoted as saying:
Manchester United are interested in the player, but it's also true that they understand our position of not wanting to sell.
They have renounced his signing. We aren't going to sell him.
He has a contract with us. We count on Cesc. I said that on the day of the presentation of Tito (Vilanova) and also with Tata (new coach Gerardo Martino).
He's an extraordinary player who creates and finishes chances. We are delighted with him. He's the number four of Barca.
The nature of the statement should be enough to put to bed any further rumours, unless United do indeed place a record-breaking bid for Fabregas, as has been previously reported by Andy Mitten of the Manchester Evening News.
Barcelona have been offered some hope in their pursuit of Chelsea's David Luiz.
The player has been linked with Barca for a number of weeks but now Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana) are reporting that Luiz is willing to take a considerable pay cut in order to push through a move to the Catalans.
After missing out on compatriot Thiago Silva, it remains to be seen if the Blaugrana can secure Luiz as their main central defensive signing of the window.
Mundo Deportivo (h/t ESPN) report that Kompany has become the fall-back option.
It's unlikely that City are planning on life without their club captain and you can be fairly certain that were Kompany to be sold, he is unlikely to be cheap given that he is one of the club's most consistent performers.