Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20
Just over a week left of this transfer window and the status quo of Tata Martino's Barcelona squad remains the same.
The likelihood of any incoming transfers is receding by the day, but there could be some movement out of players that remain on the periphery.
With two games a week for Barca for the foreseeable future, Martino needs a settled unit to pick from and any late changes in personnel may upset the equilibrium of what the manager is trying to achieve.
Despite Neymar's recent absence, Martino has no worries in the attacking areas, but a shortage of central defensive cover could prove problematic if anyone picks up an injury. This could tempt Martino into a last minute bargain.
Let's see who's been linked with the club recently, and remember to keep checking back throughout the week for updates.
—Last update: Saturday January 25—
Barcelona have been on the look out for an imposing central defender for the last few seasons.
It now seems that Tata Martino is ready to spend on Sevilla's Federico Fazio.
At 1.95 metres, Fazio would be the tallest player in the Barca squad. Adept at dealing with the high ball, his value to the Blaugrana is obvious.
It would appear that Alex Song's days at Barcelona are numbered.
Following recent speculation concerning a bid from Rafa Benitez at Napoli, Jason Burt and Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph have revealed that the player was offered to Premier League champions Manchester United:
But although the club have been offered the chance to sign former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona, senior figures have ruled out a move for the Cameroonian international.
It's a clear indicator that Song is surplus to requirements in Catalonia, and it remains to be seen if he will be moved on before the end of the window.
Any deal would see the 18 year old plying his trade at Villa Park until the end of the season, and would allow Barca to monitor his development whilst playing at a higher level.
The player has been on the fringes of the first team this season but Tata Martino has only introduced him on the odd occasion.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, h/t Talksport, Benitez has personally phoned the Cameroon international in an attempt to persuade him to join the Italians.
The offer of increased first team opportunities may be too good to turn down, Song only featuring on seven occasions for the Catalans so far this season.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said via his Sky Sports column:
Tello is an interesting one. I think Barcelona will listen to offers for him and Alexis.
If that's the case, then there will be offers. I know that Tello is willing to go.
Liverpool won't be the only team that want him.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Barcelona are a club in a hurry.
It's long been rumoured that Marc-Andre ter Stegen was a goalkeeping target for the Blaugrana, once Victor Valdes had made his intention to leave the club clear.
It appears that AS Roma's pursuit of highly-rated Antonio Sanabria has hit a last minute snag.
It's not clear what overall effect this will have on the transfer of the youngster, who has scored seven goals in 13 matches for Barca B this season, but who has expressed a preference to leave the Catalan club.
It seems that Napoli are doing all they can to try and persuade Javier Mascherano to swap Catalonia for Italy.
According to Chris Myson and Joe Wright of Goal.com, Mascherano's Argentinian team-mate Gonzalo Higuain would welcome his compatriot with open arms:
We know it is hard to move in January but the director (Bigon) is doing everything possible.
Hopefully someone will come. We are doing well, but we could be helped to be better.
The fans would like to see a warrior like Mascherano arrive. Benitez knows him well from Liverpool. We will see.
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