Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2
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—
The player's agent was in the city on Friday to meet with officials including Andoni Zubizaretta and tie up the deal.
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 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 Express, Barcelona 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.
It's believed that a €20 million bid plus a player would be enough to prise the Croatian away from the Andalusians.
The report goes on to state that both cub and player expect to have tied up all of the details by Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
Barcelona's forgotten man Bojan Krkic could finally be on his way out of the club. Lock, stock and barrel.
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.
When asked for news of Fabregas' next destination, Hunter was clear:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-owned by Udinese, Cuadrado is likely to be available for around £20 million.
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.
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.
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.
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