Barcelona Transfer News: Juan Cuadrado Boost, Latest on Gonzalo Higuain and More

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

Colombia's Juan Cuadrado celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the group C World Cup soccer match between Japan and Colombia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Despite the imminent arrival of Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou, as per Liverpool's official website, Barcelona are by no means done with their summer transfer business.

Long-term target and Colombian World Cup star Juan Cuadrado is still very much a prospect and is looking increasingly likely to depart from current club Fiorentina.

After the 26-year-old's performances at the World Cup in Brazil helped his side to the quarter-finals, it is unsurprising that Barca are looking to snap him up, and Fiorentina owner Andrea Della Valle has conceded it will be difficult to keep him at the club, as per Gianluca Di Marzio: "It’s hard to keep him, but not impossible. But sometimes I managed to do impossible things. Barcelona? They are not the only team after him, there are many threats."

Cuadrado bagged 11 goals and five assists in Serie A last season as Fiorentina finished fourth, and his versatility could see him make up for the recent loss of Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal, as per Arsenal's official Twitter page, but also provide cover elsewhere on the pitch.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 31:  Dani Alves of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico de Madrid at Sant Joan Despi Sport Complex on March 31, 2014 in Barcelona, Sp
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He started his career as a right-back, and Barca's current man in that position, Dani Alves, has encouraged the club to sign him, as per Peter Staunton of

If they can recruit him, then I encourage them to do it. It doesn't bother me. On the contrary, he is an excellent player, young, has had excellent performances with his club and with the Colombian side. You see that your club seeks quality to be able to complete. For me it's a motivation.

It would undoubtedly be worth the while of the Catalan giants to pursue Cuadrado, who could prove to be a huge asset as Barcelona look to regain the La Liga title.

One player whom Barca may have to give up on is Gonzalo Higuain, who reportedly has had a €100 million release clause slapped on him by Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, as per Di Marzio

ROME, ITALY - MAY 03:  Gonzalo Higuain of SSC Napoli during the TIM Cup final match  between ACF Fiorentina and SSC Napoli at Olimpico Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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The Argentine bagged 17 goals in Serie A last season and had been rumoured as a Barcelona target, as per Sky Sports. However, Suarez's arrival and Higuain's assertions that he is happy in Italy seem to have closed the door on that particular deal: "I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy," he said to (via Sky Sports). "The Partenopei club (Napoli) has always treated me very well since I arrived there."

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 17: Alex Song of FC Barcelona beats David Villa of Club Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on May 17, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Imag
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While they look to bring people in, Barcelona are reportedly also attempting to move players out of the Camp Nou, specifically Alex Song. But according to Mundo Deportivo (via 101 Great Goals), nobody wants him:

MD namedrop Manchester United, Napoli, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Marseille as clubs who have all had a look at Song this summer, but as of Friday, not one single bid has been lodged.

Undoubtedly the lack of bids is directly related to sums of cash Barca are demanding for Song. Barcelona have reportedly set the Song transfer fee at €25m after the club shelled out €19m for the player when they signed him.

Indeed, the price tag reportedly put on Song does seem to be over the top, considering he has performed poorly since his switch from Arsenal to Spain.

If Barcelona want to see the back of the 26-year-old, they will have to go lower, as he is clearly not seen as being worth €25 million.

If they can raise some funds from selling Song, that could go toward the Cuadrado signing, which should be uppermost in the minds of the Barcelona hierarchy.

He proved at the World Cup that he can perform at the top level, and he would be a mighty fine addition at the Camp Nou.