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The clock is ticking for Barcelona as they chase Deulofeu, Bellerin & Paulinho

The countdown for a number of players is on

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As we approach July the transfer mill is in full swing with Barcelona linked with players left, right and centre.

Marco Verratti remains the club's top target, however, there are a number of other deals and decisions that are needed soon, if some of the other reported targets are to indeed be signed.

Mundo Deportivo is getting in on the act too, today’s lead claims Barcelona have 10 days to sign Hector Bellerin, and if they do not, they will look elsewhere.

Ten days to sign Bellerin? The full-back is still on Under-21 duty with Spain and Arsenal remain determined to keep hold of him. Let's also not forget the small fact he signed a new long-term deal at the end of last year.

Gerard Deulofeu is with Bellerin in Poland, and although reports last night claimed an announcement confirming his Barca return was imminent, we are, unsurprisingly still waiting.

We may not have to wait much longer, however, his buy-back clause reportedly expires on 30 June, that’s this Friday, and if he hasn’t signed by then, then we can probably forget about that one too.

And what about Paulinho? Although it’s difficult to believe, the Brazilian has claimed he has an offer from Barca, and while we might not like it, it seems like it could potentially happen.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has claimed a deal will be difficult to do, and if Barca really want to land Paulinho they will have to do it by July 14th, which is the close of the current transfer window in China.

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There’s also a host of youngsters whose futures needs sorting out, not least Barcelona B goalkeeper Jose Suarez whose deal expires this week.

Lee Seung-woo reportedly needs to sign a new deal by the end of August to play for Barcelona B next season, and Carles Alena and Sergi Palencia have admitted they are talking about new deals, although it sounds like we can expect good news there.

Palencia said after Sunday’s win: "It's time to rest now, but my agents will meet with the club.

“I want to keep growing here; whether it's with the first team or the B team, I will keep giving my all for this club."

Alena, meanwhile, has already attracted interest with Tottenham linked with a move this week but also said he wants to stay: "We're going to negotiate [a new contract] and hopefully everything goes well and I will stay here."

There’s also the small matter of Lionel Messi’s extension, although the latest speculation has claimed a four-year deal is close and will be announced in July when the Argentine returns to Barcelona.

Barcelona have managed to take up the option to keep hold of Marlon Santos so far this summer but there’s a lot more to do and the clock is ticking.

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