Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IJune 9, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

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    Is Xavi on the way to Qatar?
    Is Xavi on the way to Qatar?Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

    Barcelona begin World Cup week looking to close out a couple of transfer deals before the big kickoff gets underway.

    Whilst the purchase of a central defender still eludes them at the time of writing, no one can accuse the Catalans of being stagnant in their dealings already this summer.

    For once it appears that Barca have the bit between their teeth, and they are keen to avoid a repeat of what became a disastrous last season.

    Let's see who is being linked in and out of the club this week and remember to keep checking back for updates.

    —Last updated: Friday June 13—

Xavi Hernandez

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    A move to Qatar could be imminent for Xavi.
    A move to Qatar could be imminent for Xavi.David Ramos/Getty Images

    If reports are to be believed, then Xavi Hernandez leaving Barcelona.

    According to Luis F. Rojo of Marca, football agent Bayram Tutumlu who was in the region on business, has claimed that Xavi will play in Qatar next season:

    They [contacts] assured me that he [Xavi] has received an offer to play for three seasons earning a net figure of €8.3 million for each one. I was even told that a contract had been signed, although I didn't actually see it.

    The deal has been done by Pini Zahavi and a company called Sport One Middle East, which boasts Abdallah Lemsagam as one of its agents. Although Joan Laporta and Alejandro Echevarría are also involved.
    The alleged involvement of Joan Laporta is interesting and perhaps the conduit through which the deal has managed to be channelled.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Cesc Fabregas has played his last game in a Barca shirt.
    Cesc Fabregas has played his last game in a Barca shirt.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Cesc Fabregas has finally made his move from Barcelona to Chelsea official.

    According to FCBarcelona.com, both clubs have reached agreement to sign the player. The Catalans noted:

    FC Barcelona wishes to publicly thank Cesc Fàbregas for his professionalism and dedication during his years at the Club, which will always be his home, and to wish him all the very best for the future.

     

Alexis Sanchez

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    Manchester United are after Alexis Sanchez.
    Manchester United are after Alexis Sanchez.USA TODAY Sports

    A move for Alexis Sanchez by Manchester United draws ever closer.

    According to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, whilst negotiations are not yet advanced for the player, Louis van Gaal is a confirmed admirer.

    The profile of a young, hungry and decisive winger is exactly what the Dutchman is looking for from his players and at only 25 years of age, a £20 million purchase makes sense with the players best years still ahead of him.

Jordi Alba

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    Louis Van Gaal has made an enquiry for Jordi Alba.
    Louis Van Gaal has made an enquiry for Jordi Alba.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Barcelona have issued a "hands off" warning to Manchester United regarding left-back Jordi Alba.

    According to Mundo Deportivo via Charles Perrin of the Daily Express, the Red Devils had earmarked Alba as a potential replacement for Patrice Evra after being rebuffed by Southampton in their bid to sign England starlet Luke Shaw.

    It now appears the Shaw deal will happen after agreement of personal terms but Barca have made it clear to United and any other suitors that Alba is not for sale at any price.

Ivan Rakitic

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    Ivan Rakitic is delighted to be signing for Barcelona.
    Ivan Rakitic is delighted to be signing for Barcelona.Michael Steele/Getty Images

    Former Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic has revealed his delight at signing for the Catalans. The formalities of the deal won't take place until after the World Cup, but Sport via Football365 noted the Croatian as saying:

    "I am very happy. It is a dream come true."

    Once ratified, it's thought that Chelsea will then announce the capture of Cesc Fabregas, as the football merry-go-round starts to gain momentum.

Cristian Tello

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    Cristian Tello has been told that he is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
    Cristian Tello has been told that he is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.Alex Caparros/Getty Images

    Barcelona have put misfit Cristian Tello on the market for just £8 million pounds with Everton heading the queue for his services according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    Luis Enrique has told the player that he is surplus to requirements and whilst Everton would prefer a loan deal initially, Lucho is keen to cut all ties with the player.

Victor Valdes

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    Although AS Monaco have pulled out of the deal to sign Victor Valdes, he will not return to Barcelona.
    Although AS Monaco have pulled out of the deal to sign Victor Valdes, he will not return to Barcelona.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Following concern's over his knee injury, AS Monaco have pulled out of the deal to sign Victor Valdes.

    Per Mundo Deportivo via John Drayton of the Daily Mail, it's been reported that Valdes' knee injury is more serious that first thought and the French club don't want to take the risk.

    There are sure to be a number of other suitors willing to sign the Catalans former number one, but he will not be staying at Barcelona in any event.

Marco Reus

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    Borussia Dortmund have categorically denied that Marco Reus will be joining Barcelona.
    Borussia Dortmund have categorically denied that Marco Reus will be joining Barcelona.Clive Rose/Getty Images

    Hot on the heels of rumours of a deal between Marco Reus and Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund have rushed out a statement denying that any transfer will take place this summer.

    Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc told Bild"I can definitely rule out a transfer this summer."

    The player, recently ruled out of the World Cup, had been strongly linked with Manchester United previously, but it now seems almost certain that Reus will stay in Germany for another season at least.

Cesc Fabregas

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    Is Cesc heading to London or Manchester?
    Is Cesc heading to London or Manchester?Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press

    Despite strong rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea, it appears that Cesc Fabregas may not be heading to London after all.

    BeIN Sports journalist, Tancredi Palmeri, noted on his Twitter account and reported by the Exeter Express and Echo, that Manchester United have made a late bid for the player's services.

    The Londoners continue to haggle over a price and the delay could let in Louis van Gaal at the 11th hour.

Marco Reus

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    Personal terms have been agreed with Marco Reus.
    Personal terms have been agreed with Marco Reus.Michael Probst/Associated Press

    Despite being sidelined for the entirety of the World Cup, Marco Reus still has cause to celebrate after agreeing personal terms with Barcelona.

    According to Sport (Spanish) h/t 101 Great Goals, the Catalans want to Reus to line up alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar in a stunning front three.

    The German will be their star signing of the summer, assuming Andoni Zubizaretta et al can get over the line with regards to their negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.

Ivan Rakitic

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    Barcelona representatives are in Seville to conclude the transfer of Ivan Rakitic.
    Barcelona representatives are in Seville to conclude the transfer of Ivan Rakitic.Andrew Medichini/Associated Press

    Barcelona fans can expect some good news, perhaps as early as the end of Monday.

    Andoni Zubizaretta and Javier Faus are in Seville to conclude the transfer of Ivan Rakitic according to Football Espana.

    There is a suggestion a Barca player will head to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as part of the deal, with Denis Suarez, Ibrahim Afellay and Cristian Tello the names mentioned.

Arda Turan

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    Barcelona are prepared to meet Arda Turan's release clause.
    Barcelona are prepared to meet Arda Turan's release clause.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    The exodus from Atletico Madrid would appear to be continuing with news that Barcelona will meet Arda Turan's release clause.

    According to newspaper Milliyet (Turkish) via Patrick Surlis of Give Me Sport, Turan's agent Ahmet Bulut is quoted as saying that the Catalans are in talks with the player and will meet his €41 million buyout.

    That news will disappoint Manchester United who are thought to have been chasing the player for some time.

Jonathan Dos Santos

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    Jonathan dos Santos has refused to leave Barcelona yet again.
    Jonathan dos Santos has refused to leave Barcelona yet again.Stanley Chou/Getty Images

    Despite only playing five matches in the last five years, Jonathan dos Santos is still digging his heels in and refusing to leave Barcelona.

    According to AS via Football Espana, dos Santos has been offered as part of the deal to bring Real Sociedad's Claudio Bravo to Camp Nou.

    The Mexican's reluctance to join La Real has delayed the transfer of the goalkeeper, and one would have to question the motives of a player who clearly has little to no chance of a career at Barca.

Xavi Hernandez

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    Al-Sadd have refuted claims that they have offered Xavi a deal.
    Al-Sadd have refuted claims that they have offered Xavi a deal.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Barca fans can rest easy. 

    Per Vaishali Bhardwaj of Goal, Qatari side Al-Sadd have denied claims that they have offered Xavi Hernandez a lucrative playing deal from next season.

    Catalunya Radio had previously announced that a deal was in the pipeline but, according to Bhardwaj's report, the club's official website have been forced to deny this:

    The official website of Al Sadd denies all news transmitted through the media about the club's offer for Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez, and that everything that was said is incorrect and unrealistic.

Alexis Sanchez

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    Manchester United are to open talks with Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez.
    Manchester United are to open talks with Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Despite Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu indicating that Alexis Sanchez is not for sale, per Sky Sports, Charles Perrin of the Daily Express notes that Manchester United are about to open talks for the player.

    Juventus were initially thought to be a preferred destination but their inability to even meet Barca's valuation has seen them out of the running.

    With United prepared to go to the £20 million asking price, even though there is no prospect of European football on offer, the Red Devils are in pole position after Luis Enrique made it clear that the player is surplus to requirements.

Marquinhos

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    Barcelona are closing in on the deal for Marquinhos.
    Barcelona are closing in on the deal for Marquinhos.Christopher Lee/Getty Images

    A deal for Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos could be completed before the end of the week.

    Per Alec Fenn of Goal, Barca are in final negotiations for the Brazilian in a deal which would see his countryman Dani Alves move in the opposite direction.

    The figure being quoted is €35 million for a player who only joined the French Ligue 1 champions 11 months ago but didn't really make an impression there. 

Thomas Mueller

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    Barcelona are ready to prise Thomas Mueller from Bayern Munich.
    Barcelona are ready to prise Thomas Mueller from Bayern Munich.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

    Barca's overhaul of their squad shows no signs of slowing down as they seek to add Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller to their ranks.

    According to German daily Bild via Mundo Deportivo and reported by Football Espana, the Catalans will open talks during the summer with a fee of €45 million mooted.

    Whether Pep Guardiola would sanction such a move to a Champions League rival is not known at this juncture.