Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 7
Barcelona have been proactive with their work in the transfer window this summer. With the threat of a transfer ban still hanging over them, deals have been completed in double-quick time.
There can be no complaints with the quality being brought in, but the situation does put the Catalans at a disadvantage. Selling clubs know they can stand firm on a price because Barca simply don't have the time for drawn-out negotiations.
As the World Cup begins to draw to a close, expect transfer activity to ramp up significantly.
Let's take a look at who has been linked in the last couple of days. Remember to keep checking back throughout the week for updates.
—Last updated: Friday July 11—
Accoding to the FCBarcelona.com:
FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan will be travelling to Barcelona next week for a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to the media and fans as an FC Barcelona player.
The fee has yet to be announced but it is expected that this will be made public in due course.
Stoke City have emerged as surprise contenders for Bojan Krkic's permanent signature.
With Luis Enrique making no secret of his desire for the club to finally rid themselves of a number of players that stand on the periphery of the squad, Krkic has little option but to seek pastures new.
reports that Mark Hughes has already met with Krkic at the Rookery Hall Hotel, Cheshire, to discuss a possible transfer.
Should this proceed to completion, it will see Krkic reunited with former Barca team mate Marc Muniesa.
One of Barca's forgotten men, Isaac Cuenca, is set to put pen to paper on a deal with newly-promoted Deportivo La Coruna.
After Luis Enrique made it clear that Cuenca wouldn't form part of his plans, Cuenca was left with the choice of rotting on the sidelines at Camp Nou or seeking pastures new.
Expect an announcement by the end of the week.
After a summer full of speculation that Dani Alves will be moving on to pastures new, the Brazilian could end up staying at Barcelona after all.
According to Mundo Deportivo h/t Football Espana, Alves noted:
I don’t know what I’ll do next year. I’ll meet with Barca and decide. If they want me to stay, I will.
I have my contract and can stay another year. But it doesn’t depend only on me.
Since I got here I’ve given my all to Barca, regardless of the last two years of not winning anything, which left me feeling empty as well.
Jonathan Dos Santos
Jonathan Dos Santos has finally made the move away from Barcelona to join his brother Giovani at Villarreal.
According to FCBarcelona.com:
The transfer fee, which is a combination of a fixed sum and variables, could reach 2 million euros, and FC Barcelona reserve the right to be involved in the possible future sale of the player.
It brings to an end to Dos Santos' 12 year career at the club.
It's understood that the player wouldn't be averse to the move after saying as far back as February that he didn't see his future at White Hart Lane.
Juan Cuadrado enjoyed a fabulous World Cup with Colombia and probably added a few million to his transfer fee in the process.
La Viola paid just €15 million to Udinese earlier this summer to own the player outright, so it remains to be seen if their ploy of demanded almost treble that is successful.
Barcelona have rekindled their interest in Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels after his diligent performances at the World Cup in Brazil.
According to Mundo Deportivo via Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express, the Catalans are ready to offer the player a bumper deal to lure him to Camp Nou.
This would be at the expense of Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United who are thought to have offered a "take it or leave it" £20 million offer.
Anfield officials have been unable to convince Sanchez to make the move to Merseyside and they are resigned to the 25-year-old joining Premier League rivals Arsenal instead.
Both clubs were willing to match Barcelona’s valuation of around £30million so it came down to the player’s preference.
Sanchez asked for time to consider his options over the weekend and his representatives have now informed Liverpool that he is likely to join the Gunners. They cited the desire of Sanchez's family to live in the capital as key to his decision.
Expect an announcement in the coming days.
John Henry has refused to budge from his valuation of the player, and the Catalans will be forced to meet Suarez's release clause of £75 million.
Quite the outlay when you consider that he will not be available for the first three months of the season.
Once the structure of the deal has been agreed, it is expected to be rubber-stamped quickly.
Conflicting reports surround Alexis Sanchez's departure from Camp Nou.
Wayne Veysey of Goal.com even suggests that a £32 million bid from the Gunners has been accepted.
Clearly the Chilean is much in demand following his superb showing at the World Cup, with the Gunners in pole position at this stage.
Despite being in dire need for a quality central defender for the fifth season running, Barcelona have turned down the opportunity to acquire Liverpool's Daniel Agger.
Mundo Deportivo (via 101 Great Goals) note that “the club received the proposal (three months ago), assessed the player’s technical level, but ended up rejecting it.”
It's a remarkable turn of events considering the one position the Catalans need to cover is in defence.
After a couple of seasons where he failed to break into the first team, Cristian Tello has seemingly finally accepted defeat and decided to move on to pastures new.
Once the winger has told Barcelona of his desire to move, the Catalans will then begin negotiations for the sale of a player who always flattered to deceive.
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