5 Transfer Deadline Day Possibilities for Barcelona
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.
Let's be clear.
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.
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
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 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.
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.