Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24
A towering 90 minutes from Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique in particular showed everyone that a central defender may not be a priority for Tata Martino after all.
Captain Xavi Hernandez was also instrumental, but stories have surfaced once again surrounding his future.
Let's take a look at some new transfer rumours, and remember to check back throughout the week for updates.
—Last updated: Friday, February 28—
At this stage the player does not want to leave and has a contract until 2017, however if Pep Guardiola continues to leave him out of the side, he may look elsewhere for first team football.
For Barca to have any chance of success, a bid of at least €45 million will need to be put on the table.
The report suggests that ex-Barca executive, and now Manchester City/New York City CEO, Ferran Soriano, wishes to install the Catalan warrior as the team's Designated Player for their first year of existence in 2015.
It will be a sad day when Puyol does actually leave the club and Andres Iniesta is one who doesn't want his captain and colleague to leave:
I hope and wish that this isn't Puyol's last season with the team. I would like to have him in the dressing room for a very long time.
However, with only 11 appearances to his name this season, it seems only a matter of time before Puyol brings the curtain down on his immaculate Barca career.
Tata Martino has identified Vidal's brand of high-energy football as key to Barca's continued success next season, and €50 million has been set aside to capture the player.
That will disappoint Manchester United's David Moyes who wanted Vidal in the January window but was put off by the new contract offered him by the Italian giants, at a cool €200,000 a week.
Barcelona however, do not appear put of by such sums, and will aim to add Vidal to their roster over the summer.
Still only 23 years of age, Krkic's value has plummeted from £35 million just years ago.
Dinamo Zagreb's 17-year-old wonderkid Alen Halilovic has confirmed that he is to join Barcelona.
Via his personal Instagram account, h/t Chris Davie of Goal.com, the player confirmed:
Thanks Dinamo Zagreb for everything!!My first club and biggest love!!Now is time to move on to Barcelona.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
Furthermore, the player is said to have already agreed personal terms with the Catalans.
The deal, once announced, will be worth £12 million to the German club.
After the news on Ter Stegen leaked out, so Sport (h/t Charles Perrin of The Express) has reported on developments concerning Victor Valdes.
Not only are Liverpool said to be leading the race for his signature, but according to the report Valdes is actually in talks with the Merseyside club.
Since leaving Barcelona, a mixture of injury and poor form has seen Bojan Krkic's career take a nosedive.
It was thought that a move to Ajax would suit all parties, the Dutch champions playing a similar style to the Blaugrana.
However, things haven't gone as planned.
Just two goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances is a poor return, and as such the move is unlikely to be made permanent.
Krkic's saving grace may come in the form of Liverpool and Tottenham according to Talksport. Both Premier League clubs are tracking the marksman, who may reignite his career in England from next season.
With Carles Puyol's appearances becoming more and more infrequent, the need for Barcelona to urgently secure a replacement is obvious.
Mangala can provide the physical presence that Barca have been sorely lacking and will be a useful addition to the Blaugrana back line.
On-loan midfielder Rafinha Alcantara could be heading to the Premier League.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign Gerard Deulofeu permanently, but according to the Sunday People (h/t Steve Bates of the Sunday Mirror), Barcelona's Mascherano believes the young Catalan will soon come back "home":
Gerard is a player with a lot of quality. I think Barcelona are already thinking about bringing him back to the Nou Camp.
I don’t know for certain if it will be for next season, but he is an important player for the future of Barcelona.
Playing at Everton has been good for his development.
Whilst the keeper has remained tight-lipped throughout, there would appear to be no shortage of takers.
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.
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.
The loan deal would then lead to a further move in 2015 to New York City, again owned by the Manchester club.
Could it be that Barca are willing to let one of their talismen leave the club, allowing the likes of Rafinha Alcantara or Sergi Roberto to claim a more regular starting berth for the Blaugrana?
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