The Catalans have been seen as entering this market ready to strengthen in defence, having primarily targeted Thiago Silva.
However, with the trail for the Brazilian having gone cold, attention has reportedly turned at the Camp Nou to his international colleague, David Luiz.
Mundo Deportivo today reiterate reports from earlier this week suggesting that the 26-year-old is the club’s primary objective.
The Catalan publication also add that Barca have Luiz as top of a list of three primary objectives to target for centre-back.
Seen as the result of discussions between sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and new Coach Gerardo Martino, the reputed list of decided targets also apparently has a fourth option of Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and a fifth in Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany.
With this shortlist apparently now decided, Barca are seen this week as accelerating negotiations with Luiz, which are believed to have already been in existence for the past two weeks.
Roberto Soldado has been taken out of Valencia’s plans for the US tour, but a new issue has hit completion of his sale to Tottenham.
The 28-year-old has largely been expected this week to complete a move to Spurs, after reports at the weekend of a €30m deal being agreed marked his return to training.
Whilst the London side’s late request to change the instalment plan for the transfer was seen as having delayed its completion sooner, reports on Wednesday morning described the deal as hours away from being announced.
However, even as Los Che have removed Soldado from preseason plans to leave for the United States later this week, the move has apparently now hit a new snag.
Superdeporte understand that a dispute over money owed on commission in a previous deal between Valencia and the agency that provides Soldado’s representatives has delayed the Spurs move.
Club President Amadeo Salvo has told reporters this afternoon that the agreement for Soldado’s sale is ‘complete’, but for ‘a problem that has arisen with the agents’.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan is reportedly in talks with Sporting CP over a transfer this summer.
The 26-year-old, who featured briefly last season in Iker Casillas’ place before Diego Lopez arrived in January, has already made clear his desire to leave Los Blancos this summer in search of regular football.
It is believed to be the reason for his request to the club to be left in the Spanish capital this fortnight, when the rest of the squad have travelled out to the United States for stage two of their preseason.
On from this, it is understood that Adan has opened negotiations on a move to Sporting CP of Portugal.
The goalkeeper has apparently already been given the green light from Madrid to leave the club on a free this summer, despite having a final year to run on his contract.
His current earnings of €700,000 a year are seen as the reason why those in Spain reportedly interested, such as Valencia, Elche, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano, have not acted.