Barcelona Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25
So here we are.
Barcelona go into the final week of the 2014 summer transfer window knowing any deals that are done in the next seven days will be their final transfer dealings for a year.
FIFA have confirmed Barca's transfer ban will run for two consecutive windows, January and July/August 2015, and as such it's imperative the Catalans rush through any purchases now.
It's sure to be an interesting week, so let's take a look at who has been linked with the club over the last couple of days.
Remember to keep visiting this page throughout the week as it will be constantly updated with transfer news.
—Last update: Saturday August 30—
Alex Song has finally got his wish with a move away from Barcelona.
The player himself, paraded in front of Hammers fans before their home game against Southampton, noted:
I'm very happy to be here and very happy to see the guys and the fans today and to start to do my job for West Ham United. I think this is very important for me to be coming back to London to West Ham United, which is a club with ambition to build a new stadium and become a big club. I am very excited to be part of this project.
For me, when I was in Spain, I always said that if I was to leave one day I would return to the Premier League. It was a very hard decision, because when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League. This is a league which has given me a lot and I didn't finish what I wanted to achieve here.
For my family too, it was very important, because my children and my wife wanted to come back to England. This is an opportunity to do that with West Ham and I just took it. I am very happy to be here and very proud to be part of the project at this club.
When I spoke to the manager, he gave me very good advice. I had a very good chat with him and that's why I am coming here. We have to do better than last season. I think the club has very good ambition and I hope we can maybe catch the European positions, because that would be very good for the club.
I want to be part of that and that's why I came here. The manager knows what he wants and I know what he wants and that's why I want to help the team. I want to be part of what the club wants to achieve this year.
I need some games to be ready and get my fitness back. When I am 100 per cent, I will bring the experience and I will make the fans happy, I am sure. I am lucky to be back in London, back in England and with West Ham. I am looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.
West Ham is looking to be a very, very big Club in the future. The Club has a great project and it is a very big project with very big ambition. I think it's great for the fans that the Club wants to be one of the biggest in England. That's why I chose to come here.
Alex Song may finally get his wish to move back to the English Premier League.
Any move would bring to an end Song's unhappy tenure in Catalonia, and would be best for all parties concerned.
The meteoric rise of young Munir El-Haddadi continues.
After a stunning first-team debut at the weekend, Barca have moved quickly to ward off the interest of other clubs.
That has now been raised to £27.82 million to ensure that Munir continues his development at Camp Nou.
There's still a possibility that Marca Asensio will be added to the Blaugrana roster before the end of the transfer window.
According to Paco Munoz of Marca (Spanish), the 18-year-old could still make a move from Real Mallorca to the Catalans for €4.5 million.
It's likely that any transfer would be to Barca B in the first instance.
With only a few days left of the transfer window, it appears that Alex Song may finally be on the move.
Barcelona haven't given up hope of capturing Juan Cuadrado before the end of the summer window.
According to La Nazione via Joe Short of the Daily Express, Manchester United have now cooled their interest whilst they pursue Angel di Maria, leaving the Catalans clear to make a final push for the Colombian.
A fee of £32 million is being mooted, but any deal won't be an easy one to conclude, given the players own stance: “My future? I don’t know, there is still time but I don’t know what will happen, it doesn’t depend on me.”
According to Sport via Football Espana, the player will fly into Catalonia on either Tuesday or Wednesday to complete the formalities.
It's not clear at this stage whether he will then be loaned back to the Brazilians or if he will become a part of Barca's first-team squad with immediate effect.
Wissam Ben Yedder
French club Toulouse could have a bit of a fight on their hands to keep hold of their star striker Wissam Ben Yedder.
According to L'Equipe via Get French Football News, the 24-year-old has recently been watched by Barcelona's scouts, and while he may be one for the future given Barca's transfer ban, a bid may not be so far-fetched.
Barcelona will not give up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Koke.
According to Francesc De Haro of Sport, there is the possibility of signing the player before the end of the current transfer window:
Barca are ready to question Atleti and Koke again about the possible signing.
If both the player and the Rojiblancos are receptive, Barça will be ready to make an offer for the services of Koke. If not, Barcelona will close the door on the player, who would be the perfect replacement for Xavi next summer.
[...] If Koke and Atleti are open to talking, Barcelona will study a formula in which all three parties can come out happy from the operation. One possibility would be to sign the player this summer and loan him back to the Spanish capital. He could then join Barça next summer.
The Catalan club, however, need it cleared up that FIFA will not block this kind of operation.
The cost of the transfer would be around €50million. Koke's current clause is €60m but the good relations mean a deal just below that should be accepted by Atletico.
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