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Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

Jason PettigroveContributor IJune 2, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2

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    Javier Mascherano will sign a new contract at Barca.
    Javier Mascherano will sign a new contract at Barca.Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

    Barcelona have just 10 days before the start of the World Cup within which to conclude any transfer business.

    After that, they will be forced to wait until the end of the tournament.

    The latter scenario suits nobody. Luis Enrique will need a settled first-team squad ready to hit the ground running at the start of pre-season training.

    Any late additions can upset the dynamic of the group, while the different levels of fitness can often be a nightmare for conditioning coaches.

    Will Barca be able to close out any deals or are they in for yet another transfer window of disappointment?

    Let's take a look at who is being linked with the club this week, and remember to keep checking back throughout the next seven days as this page will be updated continuously.

    —Last update: Saturday June 7— 

Javier Mascherano

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    Javier Mascherano will remain at Barcelona for another season at least.
    Javier Mascherano will remain at Barcelona for another season at least.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    According to Football Espana, Javier Mascherano has now agreed a new contract at Barcelona, which will run until 2018.

    The player's agent was in the city on Friday to meet with officials including Andoni Zubizaretta and tie up the deal.

Pedro Rodriguez

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    Will Pedro Rodriguez be the next one out of the Camp Nou revolving door?
    Will Pedro Rodriguez be the next one out of the Camp Nou revolving door?Getty Images/Getty Images

    It seems more changes could be afoot in Barcelona with the news that Spanish international Pedro Rodriguez is unsure about his future.

    Per Mundo Deportivo via Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror, the player noted:

    "I don't know what will happen with my future. When something has to be decided I will talk to the club and see what happens."

    The uncertainty is sure to alert both Liverpool and Manchester United who are thought to be preparing bids.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Luis Enrique would rather sell Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United.
    Luis Enrique would rather sell Cesc Fabregas to Manchester United.Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

    The Cesc Fabregas saga has taken yet another twist with news that the player could be on his way to Manchester.

    According to Marca via Anthony Chapman of the Daily ExpressBarcelona manager Luis Enrique doesn't want to sell to direct Champions League rival Chelsea, but is happy to sanction a move to Manchester United.

    With United out of European football for the forthcoming season, they do not present a threat to the Catalans but whether Fabregas would be prepared to play for a season without European football is not clear at this stage.

Ivan Rakitic

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    A deal for Ivan Rakitic is close.
    A deal for Ivan Rakitic is close.Andrew Medichini/Associated Press

    Despite the interest of both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, a deal for Ivan Rakitic to join Barcelona appears to be close.

    According to Sport via Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football, Barca and Rakitic have agreed personal terms and it's now down to the Catalans to negotiate with Sevilla.

    It's believed that a €20 million bid plus a player would be enough to prise the Croatian away from the Andalusians.

Javier Mascherano

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    Javier Mascherano looks set to disappoint a number of suitors.
    Javier Mascherano looks set to disappoint a number of suitors.Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

    Javier Mascherano looks set to disappoint a whole host of suitors including Napoli and Liverpool.

    According to Sky Italia via Anthony Gaito of TuttoMercatoWeb (Italian), h/t Paul Watson of Here Is The City, the Argentine is ready to extend his contract with Barcelona until 2018.

    The report goes on to state that both cub and player expect to have tied up all of the details by Sunday.

Sergio Aguero

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    Barcelona are going to bid £56 million for Sergio Aguero.
    Barcelona are going to bid £56 million for Sergio Aguero.Rui Vieira/Associated Press

    Barcelona seem set to test the resolve of Manchester City by placing a £56 million bid for Mascherano's team-mate Sergio Aguero.

    Per Sport via Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, there is no suggestion that City will be willing to let their prize asset go, but the Catalans are banking on Aguero handing in a transfer request to force his current employers into a corner.

    The player's father is known to want his son to join the Blaugrana, and new Barca manager Luis Enrique has Aguero as his top target and wants him to link with countryman Lionel Messi and Neymar in a stunning front three.

Marco Reus

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    Marco Reus would be a wonderful addition at Barcelona.
    Marco Reus would be a wonderful addition at Barcelona.Martin Meissner/Associated Press

    Barca could be about to pull off a major coup after a report emerged linking them with Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus.

    According to Sport (Spanish) h/t Lewis Doe of Here Is The City, the Catalans have a verbal agreement with the player and will only now negotiate with his club.

    The player is valued somewhere in the region of £40 million but with an agreement now seemingly already in place with him, Barca are well positioned for negotiations. 

Aymeric Laporte

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    Aymeric Laporte is flattered by a link to Barcelona.
    Aymeric Laporte is flattered by a link to Barcelona.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Athletic Bilbao's coveted central defender Aymeric Laporte is flattered by a link with Barcelona, but has stopped short of angling for a move.

    Per an interview with L'Equipe via Football Espana, the player noted:

    It’s amazing that La Blaugrana has been looking at me. When we’re talking about Carles Puyol, we’re talking about a myth of football.

    And Barca won everything with him in recent years. It would be a dream. But I have a contract with Athletic until 2018. At the moment there is nothing concrete.

    I am happy at Bilbao and have a clause of €36m. If one day it’s time to leave I will think about it but at the moment, I’m calm.

    Staying at Athletic a disappointment? No. In any case I’m on a great team and playing in one of the best Leagues in the world.

    Clearly Barca will have to work hard to get their man.

Bojan Krkic

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    Bojan's departure will help tie-up the deal for Claudio Bravo.
    Bojan's departure will help tie-up the deal for Claudio Bravo.Claudio Villa/Getty Images

    Barcelona's forgotten man Bojan Krkic could finally be on his way out of the club. Lock, stock and barrel.

    According to AS via Football Espana, Real Sociedad are ready to accept an offer of £7 million and Krkic in exchange for goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

    The Catalans are keen to wrap up a deal before the end of this week, and it's understood after being offered a number of different players, La Real settled on taking Krkic as part of the deal.

     

Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas will almost certainly sign for Chelsea.
    Cesc Fabregas will almost certainly sign for Chelsea.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Cesc Fabregas will almost certainly sign for Chelsea according to Spanish football journalist Graham Hunter, via an interview given to Talksport.

    When asked for news of Fabregas' next destination, Hunter was clear:

    ChelseaBarcelona are off the record confirming that there’s an agreement on price with Chelsea. I have to admit I do not know what Fabregas would think of working for Jose Mourinho though.

    There were times when Mourinho was with [Real] Madrid that Fabregas was - although articulate - very critical of Mourinho’s behaviour. That can change, huge wages can make you work for different people."

    The reason Barcelona want to sell Fabregas is they want to spend €60million on buying Koke out of his clause at Atletico Madrid.

    There is also a suggestion that Pep Guardiola is looking to move Bastian Schweinsteiger on, and if the Blues haven't sealed a deal, then Bayern Munich could well end up offering a deal for Fabregas at the 11th hour.

Alexis Sanchez

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    Alexis Sanchez could still be on the way out of Camp Nou.
    Alexis Sanchez could still be on the way out of Camp Nou.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Despite Josep Maria Bartomeu declaring that Alexis Sanchez is not for sale, it seems that Barca are still willing to negotiate with clubs that meet their valuation of the Chilean.

    According to Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, Juventus' £18 million deal has been dismissed and even though Liverpool and Manchester United are closer to the £20 million the Catalans require, the deal has still not been done.

    Should any of the three test Barca's resolve with a higher bid, it will be interesting to see if Bartomeu sticks to his guns.

Gonzalo Higuain

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    Gonzalo Higuain may not be a popular choice with fans owing to his links with rivals Real Madrid.
    Gonzalo Higuain may not be a popular choice with fans owing to his links with rivals Real Madrid.Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

    Former Real Madrid hit-man Gonzalo Higuain is allegedly on the radar of new Barca manager Luis Enrique.

    Now based at Serie A club Napoli, Fernando Polo and Gabriel Sans of Mundo Deportivo (Spanish) via Dan Coombs of Here Is The City, note that the Argentine is on the shortlist of strikers being considered.

    With 24 goals and 12 assists in his first season in Italy, there is little doubt that he still possesses all of his goalscoring prowess.

    Whether Barca supporters could look past his time at Los Blancos is debatable, however Enrique may point to his own playing career as a perfect example of why such allegiances shouldn't cloud anyone's judgment.

Ivan Rakitic

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    Ivan Rakitic could line up alongside Marc Bartra next season.
    Ivan Rakitic could line up alongside Marc Bartra next season.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    Sevilla captain and playmaker Ivan Rakitic is one of European football's most coveted players, and this summer is likely to be one of the most in demand.

    According to a report in Croatian daily Jutarnji, via AS and reported in English by Liam Power of Give Me Sport, the player has received bids for his services from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

    His father Luka noted:

    His brother Dejan, who is his representative, has offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico on the table.

    We will decide after the World Cup. However, the conditions offered are not better than he has in Sevilla.

    The 26-year-old has a £32.5m release clause but with just a year left on his contract, any interested parties will be hoping that there is significant room for negotiation.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas is set to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
    Cesc Fabregas is set to replace Frank Lampard at Chelsea.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Cesc Fabregas seems almost certain to return to London now, but not to former club Arsenal.

    According to Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail, Cesc is disappointed that the Gunners have shown no real interest in re-signing their former captain and Chelsea have emerged as new front-runners.

    With Frank Lampard likely to leave the Blues for the MLS, a move for Fabregas makes sense, and the player is available for around the £30 million mark.

Aaron Ramsey

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    Arsenal will fight tooth and nail to keep their man, but Barcelona remain interested in Aaron Ramsey's services.
    Arsenal will fight tooth and nail to keep their man, but Barcelona remain interested in Aaron Ramsey's services.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

    Although Arsene Wenger will do his upmost to ensure that Aaron Ramsey stays at Arsenal, if Barcelona firm up their interest, he may have little choice but to allow the Welshman to tread a well-worn path to Camp Nou.

    Mail Online via Metro note that both Barca and Bayern Munich want the player, who himself said in previous interviews that he could one day see himself at the Catalans.

    Once the departure of Cesc Fabregas has been confirmed, moves for Ramsey may be taken to the next level, and it remains to be seen what sort of a pull La Liga will hold for the youngster.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas could be on the verge of a move to Anfield.
    Cesc Fabregas could be on the verge of a move to Anfield.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    In a turn up for the books, it appears Liverpool are now the front-runners in the race to sign Cesc Fabregas.

    Charles Reynolds and Simon Rice of The Independent note that the Merseyside club's participation in the Champions League gives Brendan Rodgers' side the edge over Manchester United, who had been previously linked with the player.

    Fabregas is available for around the £30 million mark and would be a statement of intent from Rodgers.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Juan Cuadrado is on Luis Enrique's list of targets.
    Juan Cuadrado is on Luis Enrique's list of targets.FABIO MUZZI/Associated Press

    Versatile Fiorentina right-back Juan Cuadrado is on Luis Enrique's list of transfer targets, per Bruce Archer of the Daily Star.

    Co-owned by Udinese, Cuadrado is likely to be available for around £20 million.

    With alleged interest from both Liverpool and Arsenal, the Catalans need to move quickly to ensure the 26-year-old swaps Serie A for La Liga and not the Premier League

Adriano Correia

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    Adriano Correia looks set for a move to Italy.
    Adriano Correia looks set for a move to Italy.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Adriano Correia could be about to swap La Liga for Serie A, according to talkSPORT.

    Despite alleged interest from Premier League side Liverpool, reports in Italy suggest that the Brazilian has reached agreement on a deal with AS Roma.

    Mediaset report that an £8 million deal has been thrashed out for the 29-year-old, and he may well be unveiled as early as Monday. 

Sergio Aguero

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    Manchester City are unwilling to let Sergio Aguero join Barcelona.
    Manchester City are unwilling to let Sergio Aguero join Barcelona.Jan Kruger/Getty Images

    Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express has noted that Barcelona have made a sensational £30 million bid for Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in the hope of pairing him with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a spectacular front three next season.

    Luis Enrique is known to favour Aguero as his No. 9.

    The player's father, Leonel del Castillo, told Esports COPE that his son would be "delighted to go to Barcelona," but that "Manchester City makes it impossible."

    The report goes on to suggest that if Barca double their offer to nearer £60 million, the Citizens may be tempted. 

Koke

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    Koke is happy in Madrid.
    Koke is happy in Madrid.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Barcelona look destined to fail in their bid to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

    Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal of the International Business Times reports that Sport, Mundo Deportivo and Marca all suggest that Koke is Luis Enrique's main summer transfer target, despite his huge £48 million release clause.

    In an interview with Onda Cero, detailed in the report, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu notes his admiration of Koke:

    He is a spectacular player, who every club would want to have in their squad. But I'm positive that Atletico will not want to sell him.

    We cannot reveal names of transfer targets, we'd like to, but we can't. 

    However, the player himself said:

    This morning many friends have called me asking about Barcelona's interest but all I have to do is be quiet and focus in the World Cup. It is the only thing I have to think about now. I feel very happy.

    Atletico is my home, I grew up as a child in this club and I'm comfortable. I have a long-term contract, it is an honour that big clubs come for me but I am happy at Atletico.

    Case closed.

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