Transfer news: Barcelona ready to let Jose Pinto leave in the summer
Barcelona are preparing to part with Jose Pinto in the summer, as reported target Keylor Navas plays down transfer link.
By Lucas Brown & Andres Garavaglia
Last Updated: 09/04/14 12:04pm
Pinto has been at Barcelona since 2008, during which time he has filled back-up duties behind first-choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
He has taken on a more regular role in recent weeks following an injury to Valdes and will see his rival for the number one jersey leave the Nou Camp in the summer as a free agent.
It was expected that Barca would look to keep the 38-year-old on at the end of his current deal - after being handed a 14-month transfer ban - but the Catalan outfit are confident their recruitment punishment will be lifted, freeing them to explore other options.
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told El Mundo Deportivo: "Our conversations with Pinto have been clear and transparent.
"We are continuing to work knowing what situation we are in, but things change every week and we are ready for anything.
"When one has a plan, one must remember that life has a way of taking many twists and turns.
"He knows our position and the lines of communication are very clear."
Barca have already lined up Borussia Monchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen as a replacement for Valdes - providing they are given the green light to complete transfers - and have also been heavily linked with Levante shot-stopper Navas.
The Costa Rica international admits he would welcome the opportunity to join a 'big club' but has sought to distance himself from the Barca rumours until a formal approach is made.
He told reporters: "At the moment I have nothing to say about the thing with Barcelona.
"My priority is Levante and I am enjoying it here.
"Any player would like to be playing for a big club, but I am wanted here and at Levante I am playing regularly."
Meanwhile, another of those who could join the first-team ranks at the Nou Camp in 2014/15, promising midfielder Rafinha, claims to have received no contact regarding his future.
The 21-year-old academy graduate is currently taking in a loan spell at Celta Vigo and admits to being uncertain as to what next season will bring - despite being tied to a long-term contract at Barca.
He told Lance Press: "I haven't had any kind of conversation with officials at Barcelona or with my father, who is my agent.
"I have read that the president of Barcelona has said that I will go into their squad next season, but the truth is that we haven't spoken about that yet.
"I have my mind focused on Celta. At the moment, the only thing I am thinking about is helping to keep Celta out of the relegation zone."