All the latest summer transfer news from La Liga...
Barcelona finally strengthened their defence with the signing of Valencia centre back Jeremy Mathieu last week, with the Frenchman arriving for a fee believed to be in the region of €20m. However, with only Mathieu, Gerard Pique and Mark Bartra as the recognised centre backs, another one should be on the way.
As a result, speculation today suggests that Luis Enrique's men have revived their interest in Liverpool's Daniel Agger. The Dane now figures to be fourth choice at Anfield with the signing of Dejan Lovren imminent, but Barca have some concerns over the 29-year-old's wage demands and injury history, which could put any deal in jeopardy.
Elsewhere, Barca's biggest rivals Real Madrid have so far swooped to sign German midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich and Monaco's Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez for a combined £83m. Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas appears to be on his way to the Bernabeu from Levante, but manager Carlo Ancelotti has played down talk of a move for Falcao.
"With this squad, we can play with many different styles," said the former Chelesa boss. "First of all, we have Benzema, who is very reliable. Isco can play as a false nine. It is important to have a striker to score goals. We have to have a player who can play Bale or Cristiano. We will not look for another striker because we don’t need one."
Finally, Atletico Madrid's overhaul looks set to continue. Having seen Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrian Lopez leave the cub this summer, Diego Simeone looks set to allow Cristian Rodriguez to leave the club to play for compatriot Gus Poyet at Sunderland. The Uruguayan, 28, had a limited role with Atletico last season, but figures to be a star player for the Black Cats, with his agent reportedly in London to finalise the deal.