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Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 10

Jason PettigroveContributor IFebruary 10, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 10

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    Federico Fazio will join Barcelona according to a team mate.
    Federico Fazio will join Barcelona according to a team mate.Miguel Angel Morenatti/Associated Press

    The January transfer window may have closed but that doesn't mean Barcelona's business will come to a shuddering halt. 

    Andoni Zubizarreta and others should be working overtime from this point to ensure the club is in pole position to secure the players they want come the summer.

    Just as importantly, Barca will want to tie down their current stars to new deals, and we may see the first of these this week.

    Let's take a look at what's been happening at Camp Nou over the last few days and keep checking back throughout the week for updates.

    —Last updated: Friday February 14—

Federico Fazio

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    Federico Fazio could soon be linking up with Lionel Messi.
    Federico Fazio could soon be linking up with Lionel Messi.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Sevilla's towering central defender Federico Fazio could be the answer to Barcelona's defensive problems.

    Although moves to Liverpool and Everton have been rumoured, according to an interview club mate Diego Perotti gave to El Desmarque Radio, h/t Talksport, Barca would be the player's destination:

    I see him at Barcelona. Fede is going to be the best central defender in Europe.

    With his height and his way of playing he will be the best - nothing is missing for him to be a starter at Barcelona.

Musa Yahaya

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    Nigerian wonderkid Musa Yahaya is on his way to north London.
    Nigerian wonderkid Musa Yahaya is on his way to north London.Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

    Barcelona have missed out on the signing of Nigerian wonderkid Musa Yahaya.

    According to Jamie Sanderson of Metro, Barca were talking to the player's agent last week but Tottenham Hotspur moved ahead of the Catalans and have agreed a deal to take the player to north London.

    The 16 year old was a star at the recent U17 World Cup, and subject to a medical, Yahaya will sign on with Tottenham for five years.

Rafinha Alcantara

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    Rafinha's father Mazinho has told reporters that his son will rejoin his parent club at the end of the current campaign.
    Rafinha's father Mazinho has told reporters that his son will rejoin his parent club at the end of the current campaign.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Rafinha Alcantara has been a revelation whilst on loan at Celta Vigo but his time there will finish at the end of this season.

    According to La Xarxa, h/t Sky Sports, the player's father Mazinho told reporters:

    Rafinha is very happy at Celta and has been earning the manager's trust.

    But Rafinha is working hard to play for Barcelona in the future.

    He is a Barcelona player.



David Luiz

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    Is the capture of Chelsea's David Luiz set to be the transfer saga of the summer, for the second year running?
    Is the capture of Chelsea's David Luiz set to be the transfer saga of the summer, for the second year running?Alastair Grant/Associated Press

    Barcelona are set to make the capture of Chelsea's David Luiz a priority again in this summer's window.

    However, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports, their £22 million valuation of the player may be too low to tempt Jose Mourinho into doing business.

    Tata Martino has drawn up a list of potential targets and Luiz is known to be on it. Whether the Catalans go the extra mile to get a defender they have been chasing since last summer remains to be seen.

Gerard Deulofeu

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    Gerard Deulofeu will stay in England for another season.
    Gerard Deulofeu will stay in England for another season.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

    Exciting wide man Gerard Deulofeu will not be returning to Barcelona at season's end, as originally planned.

    According to reliable Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, h/t independent Everton site ToffeeWeb, Barca have given their approval for Deulofeu to remain with Roberto Martinez's side for the entirety of the 2014/15 season.

    With the Catalans well equipped in the wide areas at first team level, it's a decision that makes sense for all parties.

Pedro Rodriguez

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    Pedro's capture is a priority for David Moyes.
    Pedro's capture is a priority for David Moyes.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Despite having a £125 million release clause in his contract, Pedro Rodriguez is once again being linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

    According to AS (Spanish), h/t Here Is The City, Rodriguez is an "objective" for David Moyes and at 26 years of age, is approaching his best years in a footballing sense.

    Whether United would be willing to pay the release clause is debatable at this stage, however it's unlikely to deter them from casting the first stone in a bid to prise the player from the Catalans.

Alen Halilovic

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    Croatian Alen Halilovic is once again on Barcelona's radar.
    Croatian Alen Halilovic is once again on Barcelona's radar.Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    Highly-rated 17-year-old prodigy Alen Halilovic will soon join Barcelona from Dinamo Zagreb, despite the attentions of Real Madrid and others.

    According to Sportske Novosti, h/t Marca, Barca will send a delegation out to Zagreb shortly to conclude a deal for a bargain €3.6 million.

    The player is adept in the wide right or central attacking roles and will be a highly prized addition to the Barca squad. 

    UPDATE:

    In a later edition of Marca, Dinamo Zagreb admitted that Barca have already made an opening bid for the player which has been rejected. Executive Director Zdravko Mamic said:

    The offer has not been accepted because neither Dinamo nor the Halilovic family are completely satisfied with the conditions.

    However, the matter is not over and Barcelona still wants the transfer to go ahead.

Fabian Schar

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    Fabian Schar could be the answer to Barcelona's central defensive problems.
    Fabian Schar could be the answer to Barcelona's central defensive problems.Clive Rose/Getty Images

    Barca's need for a powerful central defender has been well documented.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, h/t Inside Futbol, Basel's Swiss international Fabian Schar could be the answer to Catalan prayers, with a summer swoop mooted.

    At just 22 years of age, the player's best years are still ahead of him, however, Barca will face stiff competition for his signature with Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus also confirmed admirers.

Hugo Lloris

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    Hugo Lloris will leave Tottenham if they fail to qualify for the Champions League again.
    Hugo Lloris will leave Tottenham if they fail to qualify for the Champions League again.Tim Keeton/Getty Images

    French captain and Tottenham No. 1 Hugo Lloris will be on his way out of White Hart Lane if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League again.

    According to Steve Stammers and Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror, Barcelona are confirmed admirers of the keeper. 

    His "sweeper-keeper" style is exactly what Barca are looking for and they consider him the perfect replacement for the outgoing Victor Valdes.

Martin Montoya

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    Martin Montoya will disappoint Liverpool by signing a new Barcelona contract.
    Martin Montoya will disappoint Liverpool by signing a new Barcelona contract.Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

    Barcelona fans could have some good news to celebrate this week with the news that Martin Montoya is ready to finally put pen to paper on a new contract.

    According to Talksport, the player's agent, Josep Maria Orobitg, met with senior Barca officials last week and intends to do so again during the next few days.

    Both parties would like to formally announce the contract before the trip to Manchester City on February 18.

Pepe Reina

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    Pepe Reina is not "up to speed with all offers coming in" for his services.
    Pepe Reina is not "up to speed with all offers coming in" for his services.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

    The future of Pepe Reina remains shrouded in mystery.

    Currently on loan at Napoli, the Liverpool No. 1 was tight-lipped when asked if Barcelona or elsewhere would be his next destination.

    According to Marca, Reina noted:

    I don't know where I'll be next year, but my plan is to enjoy this season and do a good job.

    Then I'll have to go to Liverpool and make a decision. They have to explain to me what their intentions are, but I'm not currently up to speed on all of the possible offers which might come in, because that's a job for my agent.

    My future is here, in Italy, and we'll see what happens in June.

    It remains to be seen whether Barca will renew Jose Manuel Pinto's contract in June or decide to plump for Reina as their back up option.

William Carvalho

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    Barcelona will face competition to secure Sporting's William Carvalho.
    Barcelona will face competition to secure Sporting's William Carvalho.Armando Franca/Associated Press

    It's no secret that Barcelona have required more of a physical presence in the side for an absolute age now.

    Step forward William Carvalho of Sporting.

    According to Ian Murtagh and Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star, Barca have been keeping tabs on the midfielder.

    However, with both Manchester United and Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested, the Blaugrana will have their work cut out to land the player.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

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    Marc-Andre ter Stegen's proposed move to Barcelona has been given the thumbs up by Jupp Heynckes.
    Marc-Andre ter Stegen's proposed move to Barcelona has been given the thumbs up by Jupp Heynckes.Joerg Sarbach/Associated Press

    Although an endorsement was not necessarily required, treble-winning ex-Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has given his approval to Barcelona signing Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

    According to Mundo Deportivo (Spanish), h/t IBTimes, Henyckes remarked:

    Ter Stegen is ready to take Valdes' place at Barcelona. He needs the manager's support but he has character to get it.

    If I were Barcelona I would sign him immediately.

    Heynckes comments follow those of new Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu who said:

    "I can't say too much. It is true that he's [ter Stegen] one of the keepers that we've followed, but we've also looked at others."

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