Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
neBarcelona have continued to work the transfer market this summer with aplomb, with the recent capture of Jeremy Mathieu being the latest addition.
The spending is unlikely to stop there, however, and while Alex Song and Ibrahim Afellay don't have a future at the club, it's unclear at this juncture as to the likelihood of moving them on.
Clearly, this is very much Luis Enrique's side, and there will be no excuses if they do not perform to the level expected.
Let's take a look at who has been linked with the club over the last few days and remember to keep checking back throughout the week for updates.
—Last update: Friday August 1—
It would appear that Barcelona's pursuit of Marquinhos is all but over.
With seemingly nowhere left for transfer negotiations to go, the Catalans will need to turn their attentions for a central defender elsewhere.
Dani Alves could be on his way out of Barcelona before the end of this summers transfer window.
According to Sport via Football Espana, Luis Enrique has decided that the Brazilian's time is up and wants him moved on in order that Juan Cuadrado can be installed in the right-back position.
Although Alves himself had decided to stay on for another year, he will now have to look for a new club once he comes back to training next week.
Whether he finds one willing to meet his wage demands is an unknown quantity at this juncture.
Dani Nieto's short-lived tenure at Barca B has come to an end after he was transferred to La Liga new boys Eibar.
Per Renato Goncalves of Barca Blaugranes, the Catalans will receive €185k for the player plus a small percentage of any future sell on fee.
Nieto, who joined Barca from Alcorcon, never really settled in the B team, and his desire to play at the very top level has seen the move pushed through quickly.
According to Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express, although the player prefers a move to the Catalans, he is none too happy with Barca's tactics in telling him that he must hand in a transfer request.
It's not a move that has gone down too well with Cuadrado's employers either, who may now prefer to deal with the Red Devils.
Despite a steady stream of interest during the January transfer window, Alex Song's confirmed availability has failed to garner a single bid this summer.
talkSPORT have noted that the Cameroonian doesn't feature in Luis Enrique's plans but with no other club willing to take a chance on the defensive midfielder, it would appear that Song is destined for another season in the football wilderness.
According to Sky Sports Italia via the Sky Sports website, La Viola's sporting director Daniele Prade told reporters:
We hope he remains with us. We have never had official offers for him.
We talk frequently with him and his agent. On August 4th or 5th he will be back in Italy and then, we will talk.
It would be really difficult refusing a €50 millions euros offer. Let's wait, and let's see what will happen.
At that price, the Catalans may well turn their attentions elsewhere.
The Dane is set to sign a five-year contract after Barca accepted defeat in their pursuit of Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona will be bitterly disappointed that another one of their defensive targets has decided to snub a move to Camp Nou.
Rumours will always be there, but I just go back to Tottenham.
The interest of a beautiful club like FC Barcelona excites me for sure. This is a confirmation that you’re doing well. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, they say, but for the moment there is certainly no fire.
It goes without saying that I would like to stay at Tottenham. My contract extension I consider to be a great sign of confidence.
In some good news for Barca, according to Sport (Spanish), Miranda's agent has contacted Andoni Zubizaretta to advise of the player's express wish to move to the Catalans.
Atletico Madrid will not budge from the players €30 million buyout clause, and it's unclear whether Barca's sporting director will try to force Atleti into selling at a lower price given Miranda's desire to leave.
One of the best defenders in La Liga last season, his purchase would represent a real coup for Barca.
Barcelona's persistence for trying to secure Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado looks to have paid off. With a twist.
According to both Radio Cadena Ser and Sport, via Football Italia, the Catalans have won the race to sign the Colombian by promising to sign him for the start of next season.
It will allow Barca to raise the necessary €40 million and give Cuadrado another season at La Viola.
The news will leave a host of admirers, including Manchester United, disappointed.
Despite previously turning down the opportunity to acquire his services, it would appear that Barcelona are once again interested in Liverpool's Daniel Agger.
According to Sport, via 101 Great Goals, the Catalans believe they can prise the Dane from Merseyside for as little as €15 million.
With moves for Marquinhos destined to fail, Agger presents an affordable option, and with the reds about to unveil Dejan Lovren as a new signing, Agger will fall further down the pecking order.
A switch to Barca could suit both parties.
Despite failing his medical for AS Monaco, there could be some good news ahead for free agent Victor Valdes.
It's unclear whether Valdes would accept a back-up role, but with no offers on the table, it's one he will need to give serious consideration.
Barcelona could have competition for the signature of Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsene Wenger has admitted Vermaelen could leave this summer, telling reporters, "I cannot guarantee [that he will stay], but, should he go, I would bring another centre-back in for sure.”
The Catalans are keen to sign one more defender before the closure of the transfer window, and Vermaelen fits the bill.
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