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5 Transfer Deadline Day Possibilities for Barcelona

Jason PettigroveContributor IAugust 29, 2014

5 Transfer Deadline Day Possibilities for Barcelona

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    Will Luis Enrique be able to add to his squad before the closure of the transfer window?
    Will Luis Enrique be able to add to his squad before the closure of the transfer window?Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

    Barcelona are right at the business end of this season's transfer window but there is still time to seal some deals for the club.

    Luis Enrique should be more than happy with the business already concluded but if the right player becomes available at the right price, expect Barca to be at the sharp end of negotiations.

    Let's take a look at five deals that could still take place before the window slams shut for the Catalans for 17 full months.


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    Koke is clearly a player that Barcelona want.
    Koke is clearly a player that Barcelona want.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Let's be clear.

    If Atletico Madrid's Koke is available, then Barcelona want him. Francesc de Haro of Sport noted the possible progression of any €50 million transfer:

    Relations between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are really good at the moment.

    [...] These good relations have strengthened during negotiations this summer to incorporate Atleti star Koke at Barca.

    [...] Keeping in mind the good relations between the two clubs, 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 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 joing Barca next summer.

    Whilst any transfer will be difficult, it won't be impossible if all parties are willing to work together.

Juan Cuadrado

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    Could Juan Cuadrado be lining up against Marcelo in this season's El Clasicos?
    Could Juan Cuadrado be lining up against Marcelo in this season's El Clasicos?Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    According to Mundo Deportivo via Football Espana, Barca have ended their interest in Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado because he "doesn't want to play right-back."

    While the signing of Sao Paulo's Douglas would suggest that the Catalans have indeed filled the right-hand side positions, there is the little matter of a transfer ban in the offing.

    If Cuadrado is available, and all reports appear to point to the same, then expect Barcelona to still be haggling for his signature right up until the deadline.

Wissam Ben Yedder

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    Wissam Ben Yedder is a surprise name in the frame.
    Wissam Ben Yedder is a surprise name in the frame.Michel Euler/Associated Press

    Toulouse's Wissam Ben Yedder is perhaps a surprise on the list of possible targets, but he is certainly interesting the Catalans, per L'Equipe (via Get French Football News).

    The 24-year-old is making the big boys sit up and take note with a string of high-quality displays and it seems only a matter of time before he makes the move.

    Why can't that be in this window to Barca?

    It's unlikely he will be anything more than a squad player initially, but he has the skill set to be a success at Camp Nou.

Marco Asensio

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    Marco Asensio is an 18-year-old with the footballing world at his feet.

    Real Mallorca won't really be able to stand in his way if the big guns come calling, though Diaria de Mallorca (via RealMallorca.co.uk) note an initial bid from Barca of €1.5 million has already been rebuffed.

    The Catalans may have to pay closer to €4.5 million to release him from his contract.

    The likelihood is he will start in Barca's B team, but given it will be another 17 months before any new players can be signed, it's not beyond the realms of possibility to think that we will see this exciting talent in the first team before then.

Alex Song

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    Is Alex Song on his way out of Barcelona?
    Is Alex Song on his way out of Barcelona?Alex Caparros/Getty Images

    One player going the other way could be Alex Song.

    The Cameroonian is aware that if he doesn't move that he will only have a peripheral role at the club for the next year-and-a-half.

    It's therefore in his best interests to join the likes of Bojan Krkic, Jonathan Dos Santos, Cristian Tello and Ibrahim Afellay in looking for pastures new.

    Surely manager Luis Enrique will be delighted if either Tottenham or Marseille firm up their interest to take the player, per L'Equipe (h/t Barca Stuff) as this will mean he has trimmed his squad to exactly the mark he set out to at the beginning of his tenure.

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