Barcelona Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of February 3
Updated: Saturday, February 8, 2013
The winter transfer window may have finally come to a close, but that doesn't mean that the speculation has stopped. In fact, summer transfer rumors are already in full swing and some big names have been mentioned.
Barcelona may not have made any moves in January, but the summer promises to be busy. With the Catalans requiring a few key changes to the squad, you can rest assured that moves will be made.
This article will serve as a tracker to keep up with the daily news and rumors surrounding the club. Be sure to check back daily to see who is being linked with a move to Barcelona and who may be on the way out.
Xavi Dismisses Exit Talk
Speaking to the official FC Barcelona website (via Goal.com), Xavi recently dismissed rumors suggesting he would be leaving La Blaugrana after the World Cup. However, in the unlikely event that he were to make an exit, the Catalan club would need to target a replacement for the star midfielder.
The report claims that Barcelona have unanimously selected Silva as the perfect replacement and would look to convert him into a midfield playmaker.
The 28-year-old, who usually plays out wide, possesses keen creative abilities.
For now, it looks as though this rumor does not have much to it. With Xavi openly claiming he wants to continue at the club, it is highly unlikely that Barcelona will make a move for the Manchester City star.
Hugo Lloris Could Be a Target
With Victor Valdes set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, the Catalan club has been searching for the best available keepers to replace their star.
According to reports from The Mirror, Hugo Lloris could be the latest target for La Blaugrana. The report mentions that the French keeper will likely be looking to leave Tottenham this summer unless the club can somehow qualify for Champions League play.
Lloris is believed to be the perfect mold of keeper to fit in at Barcelona. He is good with the ball at his feet and a capable passer. Only time will tell how much water this rumor holds.
Fabian Schar on Barcelona's Radar
It is no secret that Barcelona is in desperate need of a new star center-back. The backline continues to struggle heavily against better opponents and it is time the club addresses the need for new defenders.
The 22-year-old has already made a name for himself at his current club and has proven to play with maturity well beyond his age. Schar could pair up nicely with either Gerard Pique or Marc Bartra and would certainly be a solid purchase for the Catalans.
However, the report also states that Barcelona have other targets in mind if they cannot land Schar. Aymeric Laporte, Inigo Martinez and Mateo Musacchio were also listed as possible candidates.