Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 17

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IFebruary 17, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 17

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    In a week when Barcelona take on Manchester City in a mouth-watering Champions League tie, the Catalans have still to secure some of their talented youngsters on long-term deals.

    Perhaps this is because Tata Martino has yet to commit his own future to the club, per Inside Spanish Football.

    When asked about his contract at a recent press conference, he told reporters: "Now isn’t the right time. There will be weeks ahead when there’s less games to play, so maybe then will be the right time."

    That may be too late for some.

    Whatever the truth surrounding Martino's own position, that will not stop the club from sizing up potential new recruits throughout this period.

    Let's take a look at who has been linked in or out in the last few days. Remember to check back throughout the week for updates.

    —Last update: Saturday February 22— 

Angel Correa

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    One of the hottest properties in South American football, San Lorenzo's Angel Correa is a wanted man.

    According to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, Correa, dubbed "the new Sergio Aguero" has been watched by Barcelona, Napoli, Arsenal and Manchester City, with Atletico Madrid rumoured to be considering a bid.

    If the Blaugrana wish to secure a player who can play both as the main striker or in a more withdrawn role, then clearly they will need to move quickly.

Rafinha Alcantara

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    On-loan Rafinha Alcantara may not be rejoining Barcelona once his loan period at Celta Vigo ends.

    According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, Thiago's younger brother may end up where his elder sibling did not, with Manchester United said to be monitoring developments.

    David Moyes is plotting a major summer spending spree and Barca are preparing to welcome Rafinha back into the fold.

    It remains to be seen if the Blaugrana are willing to lose another of their highly prized talents.

Alex Song

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    Although he's never been on the losing side whilst in a Barcelona shirt, few would say that Alex Song's time with the Catalans has been an unqualified success.

    To that end, according to Marca, the Blaugrana have put the player up for sale with a view to a summer transfer.

    The report goes on to suggest that there are a number of English Premier League clubs that are monitoring developments.

Alen Halilovic

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    Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Alen Halilovic is on his way to Barcelona.

    According to Croatian newspaper Jutarnji, h/t Talksport, "the new Luka Modric" is set to disappoint Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur by signing for the Catalans.

    Halilovic will put pen to paper and join Barca in the summer for a reported fee of £5 million plus bonuses and add-ons.


David Luiz

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    Barcelona could face stiff competition in their attempt to capture Chelsea's David Luiz in the summer.

    According to L'Equipe (h/t talkSPORT), Paris Saint Germain would be willing to offer more than the Catalans in order to secure the services of the Brazilian.

    Barca have been linked with Luiz since last summer. It would be a massive disappointment if they were to miss out on his signature after tracking him for so long.

Martin Montoya

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    Full-back Martin Montoya could be one of the players to leave Barcelona this summer.

    According to AS (h/t Jamie Sanderson of Metro), the player wants to be a regular fixture in the first team. What's more, if he cannot be given those assurances, he will move.

    Peter Guy of the Liverpool Echo details that Montoya has in fact turned down Barca's latest contract offer, while Liverpool remain primed to secure a player whom they placed a bid for in January.

Ilkay Gundogan

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    Highly rated Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could be at the heart of a three-way tug of war for his services in the summer.

    According to Kicker (h/t Kit Holden of the Daily Mail), the player's father and agent, Irfan, has said that his son is "completely open" to a move.

    However, Barcelona will have their work cut out to bring the player to Camp Nou. 

    Seen as a long-term replacement for Xavi Hernandez, Gundogan is also coveted by Manchester United and Real Madrid, and it remains to be seen where the player sees his future.