Barcelona Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of April 28
The transfer ban no longer stands in the way of Barcelona, and the Catalan club now has free rein to begin their rebuilding project.
As the summer quickly approaches, more players will begin to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou. This article will be your one-stop source for all Barcelona transfer news and rumors this week, so be sure to check back daily.
You can also get involved in the discussion in the comments section below. Tell us which players you want to see in the Blaugrana shirt next season and which rumors are just not going to happen.
Last updated: Saturday, May 3 2014.
With Barcelona eyeing a summer overhaul of the squad, it is not surprising that countless players are being linked to the club.
The newest player to be linked with a possible switch to the Camp Nou is Ramires, Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder.
According to a recent report from John Cross of The Mirror, the Catalans are weighing up a £20 million move for the Brazilian that may also include a player from La Masia on a permanent deal or at least on loan.
As of now, there are several players being linked with Barcelona, and there truly is no way of knowing who is actually being targeted. Regardless, with the transfer ban temporarily suspended, La Blaugrana can start their rebuilding project.
The Barcelona midfield has been one of the most dominant forces in football over the past few years, but with Xavi aging, the Catalans will be looking to add to their depth.
According to a recent report from Football Italia, Barcelona happen to be one of several clubs chasing Roma star Miralem Pjanic. The 24-year-old has already begun to take Europe by storm and Barcelona are not blind to his talent.
Roma are understandably fully aware of the interest being shown in the player and are looking to keep him.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia), Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini stated that he is hoping that Pjanic decides to sign a new contract with the Italian club:
We are negotiating a contract renewal and intend to complete those talks, even if football always holds surprises.
We are confident and have daily talks with his entourage. Will it take a while? We want to finish things off quickly, so I hope and believe we’ll do that before the end of the season, though of course we’ll also stay alert to what could happen.
We don’t want things to carry on too long, as when players go off to the World Cup it becomes tricky to get together.
Pjanic is a great player and we want to enjoy him.
Barcelona's search for a new center-back is heating up and the Catalans are already being linked with several talented stars. But if new rumors are to be believed, Barcelona may have already found an answer to their defensive problems.
A recent report from InsideSpanishFootball.com revealed a conversation between Txefe Guerrero and Manchester City executive Txiki Begiristain that suggests that Athletic Club Bilbao center-back, Aymeric Laporte, could already have a pre-agreement with Barcelona.
Laporte, though still just 19 years old, has been one of the best defenders in Europe this season and it makes sense that Barcelona would show interest. The French starlet has caught the eye of several big clubs, but Barcelona believes they can land him.
However, as the report mentions, the rumors may not be all they seem.
Txefe Guerrero, who reported the supposed pre-agreement between Barcelona and Laporte, is notorious in the Basque country for making erroneous claims and false reporting. The conversation with Begiristain may actually be true, but those in Spain are not taking this claim as truth yet.
Regardless of what rumors are floating about, Laporte has a €36 million buy-out clause that Barcelona would have to meet in order to sign the 19-year-old this summer. If the Catalans are serious about re-building, they are going to have to spend a lot of money in the coming months.
As mentioned earlier, several center-backs are being targeted by Barcelona and it seems as though the Catalans may be looking back over old scouting reports.
According to Metro.co.uk, Barcelona have picked back up interest in Liverpool's Daniel Agger as they see him as a proper replacement for Carles Puyol. The Catalans had interest in Agger last summer, but now they may be ready to act on it.
Agger has not featured as much for Liverpool as he has in previous years, meaning he may be open for a move. For now, Barcelona have their options open.
It seems that every day Tata Martino inches closer to leaving Barcelona at the end of the season. The Catalans are in need of hiring a new manager and will need to make sure their new boss is ready for an overhaul.
According to Football-Espana.net, former player Luis Enrique looks to be set for the job. However, the current Celta Vigo manager came out to discuss the rumors and made it clear that he has a contract that he must fulfill.
"It seems amazing that talk about my future, but I live in the present and all these [reports] are speculation. I always want to fulfill my contract. I'm focused on the last three games. I do not know why now everyone interested with my contract. It is the same as at the start of the season, nothing has changed. I will not get into this game. The only thing that interests me is the game with Osasuna."