Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 14
Now that the World Cup has finally come to a thrilling close, clubs all across the globe will be looking to put the final touches on their squads before the new season begins. For Barcelona, many moves have already been made, but the Catalan club isn't done yet.
New manager Luis Enrique is still putting all the pieces together for his Barca rebuilding project, meaning anything can still happen at this point.
Need to keep up with all of the rumours? We've got you covered.
This article will serve as a daily transfer news and rumour tracker for Barcelona, so be sure to check back regularly to see what all is going on in the papers.
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Last updated: July 18, 2014.
It has become quite obvious for some time now that Bojan Krkic's time at Barcelona has come to an end. The 23-year-old forward has been sent on loan the last few seasons, and that is likely to happen again.
According to Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football, Bojan has yet to make a decision about which team he will join, with Stoke City and Deportivo La Coruna both the leading candidates at this point. The La Masia graduate did show up Monday morning for training, but the consensus is that he is simply just waiting to make his decision.
Additionally, former Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca, who just recently joined Deportivo, is trying to talk Bojan into doing the same, according to Heath Chesters of Inside Spanish Football.
No decision has been made yet by the young forward, but it does appear understood that he will not be a Barcelona player this season.
Johan Cruyff Questions the Addition of Luis Suarez
Barcelona's capture of Luis Suarez is undoubtedly one of the biggest transfer moves of the offseason. However, not everyone is happy with the club's choice to make a move for someone with a questionable past.
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff recently took the time to discuss the transfer, and his comments in a column for Dutch paper De Telegraaf (via Stefan Coerts of Goal.com) make his stance on the move very clear.
I am happy that Germany won the World Cup. They are playing the kind of football that Barcelona are distancing themselves from. That feeling has only gotten stronger with the signing of Luis Suarez. He is a great player, but has a complicated character. I don't know how they plan to play free-flowing attacking football with Messi, Neymar and Suarez in one team. They are all players who rely on their individual actions. Barcelona choose for individualism rather than a team playing good football. The style of play they developed under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is being abandoned.
Cruyff also questioned Barcelona's purchase of Neymar last summer. Is he a bit too cynical, or does the Dutchman have the right view?
Barcelona Bid for James Rodriguez
Could Barcelona actually be interested in making a move for Real Madrid target James Rodriguez? Well, it appears as though that may actually be the case.
While it is no secret that Rodriguez is a big fan of Real Madrid and that the capitol club is expected to sign the attacker, it looks as though Barcelona want to at least make things more difficult.
The report goes on to state that Real Madrid will not be making any moves for the Monaco man until Angel di Maria is sold, meaning the possible transfer will likely be a while yet.
Are Barcelona realistically interested in James Rodriguez? Sure, everyone is after the World Cup. Will Barcelona actually beat out Real Madrid for his signature? Certainly not.
Cristian Tello Joins Porto
It is official. Barcelona announced via their official club website that winger Cristian Tello has join Porto on a two-year loan deal that also gives the Portuguese club the option to buy the Catalan at the end of the loan assignment.
The 22-year-old has been in and out of the lineup for the past two years and this move will give him a chance to play regular minutes.
With the arrival of Luis Suarez, as well as Gerard Deulofeu coming back from loan, Tello's minutes were likely going to shrink even more. Spain is looking to make changes after a dismal World Cup showing, and this gives Tello a great avenue to make his case for the National Team as well.
Jeremy Mathieu Makes His Wishes Known
Jeremy Mathieu's move to Barcelona just got much more interesting after the French defender openly revealed that Valencia have received offers from the Catalan club.
According to Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football, Mathieu had the following to say regarding the transfer rumors.
"I’ve been at this club for five years and I’m grateful for their confidence in me throughout the entire time.
This statement is not to be taken as a means of forcing the situation or provoking an exit from Valencia, if not to tell the truth about the situation and not feed the rumours and speculation that has come up in the past several days. Valencia has an offer on the table from a very important club. I won’t hide from the fact that this would be a big step in my career, in every aspect. It’s a reward for my work, my effort and it’s a unique opportunity that any player would love to take advantage of."
It seems as though Mathieu isn't trying to force a move to Barcelona, but with comments like these, he may be doing just that.
Furthermore, Inside Spanish Football also claim that Barcelona have recently offered €15 million plus Ibrahim Afellay in hopes of landing Mathieu.
Daley Blind Being Targeted
Daley Blind became known across the globe after his spectacular performances with the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil. Understandably, many clubs are now vying for his services, including Barcelona.
According to reports from Sport.es (H/T/ Inside Spanish Football) Barcelona have dropped interested in Mats Hummels and are now targeting Blind in hopes that their relationship with Ajax will help the move go through.
Many may be questioning why Barcelona would turn their attentions to a player such as Blind who does not regular play as a center-back. Regardless, his talents can not be denied.