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Barcelona Transfer News: Latest on Kyle Walker, Dani Alves, Alex Song and More

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Kyle Walker of Spurs in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion on December 26 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2014

With the new season fast approaching, Barcelona have been busy in the transfer market as Luis Enrique's coaching tenure begins.

The club's biggest summer signing has been Luis Suarez, but the player will not be available until the end of his four-month FIFA ban, unless he successfully appeals the sanction.

Here, we take a look at some of the potential comings and goings from the Camp Nou in the next couple of weeks before the transfer window slams shut. 

 

Kyle Walker and Dani Alves

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur challenges Michael Carrick of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester,
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Barcelona are reportedly lining up one of the shock signings of the summer as they look to grab England international Kyle Walker from Tottenham.

Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star writes that Barca want Walker to replace Dani Alves in their team, and they are prepared to pay £13.5 million for the full-back.

Walker has been out of action since March 13 after being struck down with a pelvic injury, which also scuppered his dream of appearing at the World Cup finals.

The Catalan giants are said to want to "offload" Alves to make way for Walker as they look to revamp their squad ahead of the new La Liga campaign, per Turrell.

And Spurs may well be planning for life without Walker after closing in on the signing of right-back DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders.

Simeon Gholam of the Daily Mail reports that Seattle boss Sigi Schmid believes a deal between the two clubs is close. Schmid had this to say: "Yedlin's situation is very close. Some things are not entirely completed yet so we didn't want to play him and have the risk of injury without everything being finalised, but hopefully it will be completed in the next day or two."

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane on February 9, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The 21-year-old featured for the USA at the World Cup, and his arrival could prompt a deal for Walker.

But Walker's recent injury woes surely make him a strange target for Barca. He is a highly rated defender, but until he proves his long-term fitness, he constitutes a risk for any purchasing club.

Alves has lost some of his allure in the past 12 months, and he struggled for Brazil at the World Cup finals, losing his place in the starting XI. Barca do need to think about replacing him, but Walker would not be the upgrade that Enrique needs to compete at home and in the Champions League.

 

Alex Song

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Alex Song's time as a Barcelona player seems to have ended, with the club seeking a buyer for the midfielder.

Marca says the Catalan club will listen to offers for the former Arsenal man, who favours a move back to the Premier League.

The Cameroon international has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Everton in recent weeks and has been excluded from Enrique's immediate plans, per Marca.

The 26-year-old appeared 19 times for his team in La Liga last season, per Squawka, and he still has a strong reputation in England for his displays under Arsene Wenger.

Considering he is still relatively young, he could turn out to be one of the bargains of the summer for any club that picks up his services.

 

Juan Cuadrado

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JULY 04: Juan Guillermo Cuadrado of Colombia challenges Neymar of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 4, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Steele/
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Barcelona are likely to return with one last bid for Fiorentina wide man Juan Cuadrado, with the player and club hoping to resolve his future in the coming days.

M. Carmen Torres of Marca reports that Barca will battle Manchester United for the player, with the Premier League club thought to have bid €40 million for the star.

But Torres says this large figure has put Barcelona off the idea of signing Cuadrado if Fiorentina hold out for such a large sum.

Sports journalist Guglielmo Cannavale suggests the Catalan club will wait to see what happens with Alves in the near future before they directly compete in a bidding war with United:

Cuadrado had a superb World Cup for Colombia, and his team-mate James Rodriguez recently earned a multimillion-pound move to Real Madrid on the the back of his performances.

If Alves does move on, Barca will be forced to replace him, as the full-back area has always been an attacking strength for the club.

Cuadrado would easily fit into the system as a deep-lying wide attacker, and his ability to dribble past opponents will endear him to the Camp Nou crowd. But United are sure to battle Barca hard for his signature as they undertake a similar squad rebuilding programme under former Camp Nou boss Louis van Gaal

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