Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 19
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Only one week separates Barcelona from the end of the transfer window.
Gerardo Martino has already suggested that he doesn't need another defender, per John Drayton of the Daily Mail, but there is still time to get a deal done.
One of La Masia's finest could be on his way out of the club, and Barca are preparing to scupper a bid from a Premier League club for a young Portuguese talent.
Let's see what's been happening during the last 48 hours and remember to keep checking back throughout the week as we count down the days until the end of the window.
LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY AUGUST 24
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Canizares told Cadena Ser:
I don't see any problems if he were to leave Madrid for Barcelona.
At Barcelona - and anywhere else in the world - he would get the recognition he deserves.
What matters most is your job and if you can't do it at your current club, you will have to look elsewhere.
If I were Casillas, I would start thinking about leaving Madrid. This situation is not normal.
Although Casillas has a contract with Los Blancos until 2017, that didn't stop Canizares from going further:
The current situation at Madrid is very uncomfortable for both goalkeepers.
I have never thought that having two great shot-stoppers at one team was a good idea.
Casillas is always the centre of attention at the moment.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could be about to lose out on another potential target.
The 20-year-old has been targeted by Rodgers to fill the void left by the injury to Sebastian Coates, ruled out for six months after sustaining cruciate ligament damage.
However, Barcelona's late interest could see the player ending up in Catalonia rather than England.
One of La Masia's most highly-rated youngsters, Antonio "Tonny" Sanabria, could be on his way out of Barcelona.
With Spanish law preventing any player under 18 from signing a professional contract, Barca may have little say in the matter.
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The 26-year-old has become unsettled after slipping down the pecking order at the Mestalla and that has alerted Barcelona.
Valencia president Amadeo Salva, said Guaiate could leave for the right price:
Guaita is a world class keeper and we have no need to sell, but we would study the price of any offers.
He is not happy with being a substitute sometimes, and his agents have reported that he could find a way out.
This does not sit well with the board—if you do not play every week, you have to make sure you keep respecting Valencia.
Although Guaita has a £25million buyout clause in his contract, he could leave for as little as £15million.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
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The player is in "no hurry" to extend his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach, which runs until 2015.
We still have a lot of time, I still have two years left on my contract and there is no hurry.
I am still with Borussia. I don’t feel like discussing my future all the time. I only think from year to year.
Whatever happens after that, I do not think about. It is still a bit of time until 2015.
The German club's sporting director Max Eberl had wanted to tie down the stopper long-term because "he is one of the best German keepers and will maybe even become the best."
However, Ter Stegen's dallying infers that he potentially sees his future away from Borussia-Park.
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According to Sport (h/t 101greatgoals), Sandro Rosell, Andoni Zubizarreta and Javier Faus have held an internal meeting concerning the Spain captains acquisition.
The trio are committed to bringing the player to Barcelona—a transfer that will be the most explosive since Luis Figo left Barca for Madrid back in 2000.
Eurosport however report that any such transfer is doomed to failure. Ignacio Ruiz of Eurosport Spain:
The city of Madrid and Real Madrid means everything to Casillas.
If he ever leaves, then he would never go to Barca.
Nobody thinks he will leave Real Madrid now because his partner Sara Carbonero is pregnant and the club is so special for him.
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Ibrhaim Afellay has suffered another injury which has put paid to any move away from Barcelona during this transfer window.
According to David Kent of the Daily Mail, the unlucky Dutchman will go under the knife on Thursday to have an operation on a "chronic muscle injury".
The player has had a stop-start career in Catalonia and Barcelona were looking to offload him this summer.
Any move will now be on hold until January at the earliest.
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B/R's very own Guillem Balague announced the news via his Twitter page with El Periodico confirming the deal for four years—the first with Barca B—at a bargain price of £1.5 million.
It's a move that should suit all parties.
Suarez was never really given a chance in Manchester, making just a handful of appearances and Barcelona have swooped to secure a player for whom they have high hopes in the future.
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PSG coach Laurent Blanc has accepted that the player will leave during this window:
It is true that Mamadou expressed his desire to find a new club.
David De Gea
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According to Jefferson, Spain's number one Iker Casillas is considering his future at Real Madrid after being overlooked by new manager Carlo Ancelotti for the first La Liga fixture against Real Betis.
Should the deal go through, then Mundo Deportivo expect that Barcelona will move to bring De Gea back to Spain in a deal which would surely see him take over from Victor Valdes as Barca's number one come the end of this season.
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Chelsea's David Luiz has now been withdrawn from Barcelona's list of transfer options.
"We have Puyol, Pique, Mascherano, Bartra, even Adriano. If there’s an injury, January transfer window is only a few months away," said Martino.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho is also ruling out a sale:
I understand that a big club like Barcelona wants the best and tried to get one of the best central defenders in the world.
But we are being very honest by saying there is no chance David Luiz is leaving.
Another one bites the dust it seems.
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The 25-year-old has a contract at Porto until 2015 and was an integral part of the title winning side last season.
If he can be prised away from the Estadio do Dragao, Otamendi represents a valuable alternative to the number of targets Barcelona have been looking at this summer.
After three successful seasons in Portugal, the centre-back may decide that the best years of his football career should be played out in La Liga.
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Barcelona have also finally admitted defeat in the chase for Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger.
Clubcall.com is reporting the player's desire to see out his contract at Anfield despite the interest from the La Liga champions.
Agger told reporters:
I am fully focused on what is going on here at Liverpool. I do not need to comment on it.
We have enough to do here. We're working very hard.
My heart is still for Liverpool. It always has been. It always will be.
Jonathan Dos Santos
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Jonathan Dos Santos is nothing if not persistent.
It certainly seems to have paid off for him with new Barcelona manager Martino preparing to start with a clean slate for all players.
Tata Martino didn’t know anything about my future. I’d received some major offers, like the one from Real Sociedad, but after he spoke to me I decided to stay here.
I hope to play and to be able to show what I can do as a player. Last season I didn’t get that chance.
Every player has to take his own decisions. I always dreamed about being successful at Barcelona.
You need to get through the tough times to mature as a footballer. Last year wasn’t a wasted year, not at all, I learnt a lot from it.
I’m very excited. The change of coach is good for me. Tata Martino believes in me; now I don’t want to let him down.
I know I can be successful at Barca.