Barcelona Transfer News: Latest Talk About More Potential Summer Signings

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10:  (L-R) FC Barcelona Sport Director Andoni Zubizarreta, Thomas Vermaelen and FC Barcelona Vice-President Jordi Mestre as Thomas Vermaelen is unveiled as a new player for FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium on August 10, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona could finish the summer transfer window without another signing and it would be considered a success. They added several key pieces to a squad that needed a boost coming off a frustrating campaign. Barca may not be done adding quite yet, though.

The club's official site passed along comments from director of football Andoni Zubizarreta during the presentation of defender Thomas Vermaelen. He admitted they were content with the current squad, but didn't rule out further transfer activity.

"We are happy with the players we have, but if an opportunity arises, we'll take it," he said. "If nothing else comes up, we're satisfied with the squad we the coach (sic) the best options as he goes into the new season."

Vermaelen joined an impressive list of arrivals since the end of last season. The group is highlighted by Luis Suarez and also includes Jeremy Mathieu, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

When you combine those marquee names with those already on the star-studded roster, Barca appear prepared for a bounce-back campaign. They finished second in La Liga and were eliminated in the Champions League quarterfinals last season, a disappointment by their incredibly high standards.

That said, with another extremely busy schedule on the horizon, a club of Barcelona's caliber can never have enough depth.

One name still on the team's radar is Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado.

Nadia Carminati of Sky Sports reports Manchester United are also heavily involved in the sweepstakes and apparently have the inside track. The Italian club are looking to get the situation sorted out over the next few days before turning its attention to the new campaign:

Once again Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly battling over a player, but unlike with Thomas Vermaelen, who is heading for the Nou Camp, the Colombian is said to be Old Trafford-bound.

And now [Andrea] Della Valle admits that Cuadrado could leave if a deal is agreed before August 15, a deadline imposed by the Italian club and he believes that an offer will come in.

At first glance, it may not seem like there would be playing time available for Colombian winger. But with Luis Suarez's status still uncertain due to a FIFA ban, Neymar recovering from an injury suffered during the World Cup and Lionel Messi in need of some rest, an extra attacker would be welcome.

Cuadrado is coming off his most complete campaign to date. He scored 11 goals and chipped in five assists in 32 Serie A matches for Fiorentina. He would be an ideal fit for Barcelona with terrific on-ball skills and equally strong distribution ability.

Whether he's worth the surely high price tag when his role would be uncertain when everybody is fit and in good form is the biggest question mark.

Another player to keep an eye on is Kyle Walker. The Tottenham defender has emerged as a surprising link in recent days.

Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports Spurs are likely to resist any attempts to sign their talented 24-year-old right-back. Alas, it's an unsettled position for the Blaugrana and he's one of the names they are tracking as a potential solution:

Tottenham have no desire to sell Walker but would consider suitable offers for the others.

Barcelona are understood to have put Walker's name down as one of their options to replace Dani Alves but the England international is not top of that list.

Walker emerged as one of the most promising defenders in the Premier League early in his career with Spurs. He's made steady progress since that point and is certainly capable of moving to a club like Barcelona and not looking out of place.

Price is likely a sticking point once again. It sounds like Tottenham are going to make every effort to keep him, which means Barca would have to overpay just to get them to listen. A lot will probably depend on how the Alves situation plays out.

Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise if Barcelona end up sticking with their current group. Cuadrado and Walker both represent fine additions, but based on the squad the way it stands now they are more luxuries than necessary signings.

Even if there are no further deals made, Barca should emerge as one of the window's biggest winners. Suarez alone would have been a huge coup and they added several more impact performers.

Perhaps one or two more are on the way.



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