Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28

Jason PettigroveContributor IJuly 28, 2014

Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28

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    Marquinhos won't be a Barcelona player next season.
    Marquinhos won't be a Barcelona player next season.Kin Cheung/Associated Press

    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—

Marquinhos

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    Paris Saint-Germain have turned down Barcelona's latest offer for Marquinhos.
    Paris Saint-Germain have turned down Barcelona's latest offer for Marquinhos.Jacques Brinon/Associated Press

    It would appear that Barcelona's pursuit of Marquinhos is all but over.

    According to Globoesporte.com via Amanda Salles of Marca, Barca's 'take it or leave it' €43 million offer for the player has been rejected out of hand by Paris Saint-Germain.

    With seemingly nowhere left for transfer negotiations to go, the Catalans will need to turn their attentions for a central defender elsewhere.

Dani Alves

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    Will Dani Alves find a new club before the end of the transfer window?
    Will Dani Alves find a new club before the end of the transfer window?Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    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

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    Dani Nieto wasn't prepared to play at anything less than La Liga level.
    Dani Nieto wasn't prepared to play at anything less than La Liga level.Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

    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.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Juan Cuadrado may plump for a move to Manchester United.
    Juan Cuadrado may plump for a move to Manchester United.Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

    Manchester United could well have jumped the queue to sign Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado.

    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.

Alex Song

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    Alex Song hasn't attracted any interest whatsoever.
    Alex Song hasn't attracted any interest whatsoever.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    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.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Barcelona will need to shell out top dollar to pair Juan Cuadrado with Neymar at club level.
    Barcelona will need to shell out top dollar to pair Juan Cuadrado with Neymar at club level.Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

    If Barcelona want to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina and beat off competition from Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United in the process, then they will have to pay top dollar for the player.

    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.

Daniel Agger

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    Daniel Agger could be joining up with ex-Liverpool colleague Luis Suarez by the end of the week.
    Daniel Agger could be joining up with ex-Liverpool colleague Luis Suarez by the end of the week.Jon Super/Associated Press

    Whilst Barcelona are training in England, it appears some swift transfer business could be tied up before the end of the week.

    According to Sport via 101 Great Goals, a deal for Liverpool's Daniel Agger is in the "advanced stages" with a figure of €15 million being talked about as the sale price.

    The Dane is set to sign a five-year contract after Barca accepted defeat in their pursuit of Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain.

Jan Vertonghen

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    Jan Vertonghen is staying at Tottenham.
    Jan Vertonghen is staying at Tottenham.Bogdan Maran/Associated Press

    Barcelona will be bitterly disappointed that another one of their defensive targets has decided to snub a move to Camp Nou.

    Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen told Belgium TV show Vive le Velo via 101 Great Goals:

    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.

Miranda

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    The capture of Miranda would cost Barcelona €30 million.
    The capture of Miranda would cost Barcelona €30 million.Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    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.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Barca look to have won the race to sign Juan Cuadrado, but he won't join until 2015.
    Barca look to have won the race to sign Juan Cuadrado, but he won't join until 2015.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    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.

Daniel Agger

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    Daniel Agger is now being considered as an alternative.
    Daniel Agger is now being considered as an alternative.Uncredited/Associated Press

    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.

Victor Valdes

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    Although Victor Valdes won't be heading for Monaco, he could be on his way to the Bundesliga.
    Although Victor Valdes won't be heading for Monaco, he could be on his way to the Bundesliga.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Despite failing his medical for AS Monaco, there could be some good news ahead for free agent Victor Valdes.

    Per Sport, via Football Espana, Pep Guardiola is interested in taking Valdes to Bayern Munich as understudy to Manuel Neuer.

    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.

Thomas Vermaelen

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    Manchester United are in the hunt for Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.
    Manchester United are in the hunt for Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.Sang Tan/Associated Press

    Barcelona could have competition for the signature of Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen.

    According to William Joyce of Goal.com, Manchester United remain hopeful of concluding a deal for the Gunners captain, despite having an initial €7.5 million bid rebuffed.

    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.

    A choice to remain in the English Premier League or move to pastures new in La Liga gives Vermaelen some food for thought over the coming days.