Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27
Barcelona enter the final day of the transfer window with no player movement in or out thus far.
However, the final 24 hours are normally the busiest and we will be right across any transfers throughout the day.
Remember to keep checking back to see if the Blaugrana have sealed any last minute deals.
—Last updated: Friday January 31—
Barcelona have released a statement denying that they have offered Victor Valdes a new contract, a claim that was made by Radio Marca.
According to Liam Newman of Goal.com, there is absolutely no truth in the rumour. The club statement read:
FC Barcelona categorically denies the information released this afternoon by Radio Marca in relation to a new contract offer for Victor Valdes.
The club respects the decision taken by the player. We would like to show its gratitude, once again, for the commitment and professionalism he shows day in, day out.
Barcelona have confirmed that Cristian Tello will not be moving in this transfer window.
Tello will now stay at the club until at least this summer.
After conversations with Tata Martino and Andoni Zubizaretta concerning minutes on the pitch, and how this will affect his desire to get into the Dutch world cup side, Afellay has decided his purpose is better served by remaining at Camp Nou.
Arsene Wenger is thought to be looking at the player on short-term loan deal, as cover for the injured Theo Walcott.
It's a deal that would likely suit Tello, given that he is often the wide player that misses out when everyone is fit to play.
However, Talksport indicate that the Gunners have not been in touch with the Catalans and may wait until he summer before concluding any business.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana), Barca will announce the deal as soon as it's done rather than waiting until Victor Valdes advises of his future plans.
A five-year deal has been agreed between player and club with just a few details left before the deal is rubber-stamped.
The size of the transfer fee has yet to be announced.
Barca released a club statement which read:
Barcelona and Sassuolo have agreed a transfer for Tonny Sanabria to the Serie A club in an operation that is close to €12m.
Of this sum, €4.5m are guaranteed, while the rest are tied to the player’s performances and his future market value.
The contacts for Sanabria’s transfer began with Roma, then the Italian club put Barcelona and Sassuolo in contact to finally conclude the operation.
The 18 year old's buyout clause has been set at a modest €12 million and the player was clearly delighted with the commitment of the club:
This is a very important day in my career, I’m very happy.
When I came to La Masia and the day I made my debut at the Camp Nou are my two most memorable moments since I came here.
I’m very excited to stay at the Club.
Xavi Hernandez has finally laid to rest any rumours of him leaving Barcelona.
According to the official Barca website, after being honoured for completing 700 games Xavi decided to set the record straight:
I’ve been here for many years, there are a lot of memories and we’ve won a lot of titles with this generation of footballers, one look back and you realise that we’ve really enjoyed ourselves.
I’m not going to Qatar or New York, I want to finish my contract with Barca. I’m staying here, I feel important and useful.
Lionel Messi is going nowhere.
According to John Drayton of the Daily Mail, new president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Catalan radio station RAC1:
Messi is not for sale.
We want to sit down, without any rush, with his father and his agent because we want to ensure he's the best-paid player like he deserves.
It won't be anything imminent because the players right now are focused on competition.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
According to beINSports, h/t Yahoo Sports, new Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told reporters:
I can't say too much. It is true that he's one of the keepers that we've followed, but we've also looked at others.
There are a lot of good goalkeepers, but we have the best in the world here. What is unfortunate is that he has decided to leave the club next season.
Barcelona's forgotten wide man Ibrahim Afellay could be on his way to London.
Tata Martino would prefer the player to stay but is aware that the fit-again Afellay needs games:
Ibrahim is back fit and he looks very strong in training.
Our plan is that he will stay here, but we can’t rule out an exit.
He might leave.
Similar to Afellay, the youngster has never really recovered from a succession of injuries and it appears Barca want to cut their losses.