Barcelona are reportedly interested in Manchester United star Daley Blind.
Marca claims the Dutch international is on Ernesto Valverde’s radar after falling out of Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans.
Blind is out of contract at the end of the season and there appears to have been no talks over the potential triggering of an automatic one-year extension.
It’s said that Barcelona are interested in taking advantage of his versatility, with Blind able to play in midfield, as a left-back and at the heart of defence.
- How Brazil’s misfit midfield transformed them into World Cup favourites
- 11 stats, facts and quirks that will make you think very differently about the Premier League this season
- QUIZ: Can you name the last 10 players to score for England?
But with Javier Mascherano leaving the Nou Camp next summer, the 27-year-old will most likely be utilised as a ball-playing centre-back should he make the free transfer to Spain.
The report adds that Blind could even be booted out of United next month, albeit for a small fee.
However, that shouldn’t stop Barcelona from following up their apparent interest after they cashed in on Neymar to the tune of £195million in the last transfer window.
Another player said to be on their radar is Lazio’s Stefan De Vrij.
Like his compatriot Blind, the centre-half is also approaching the end of his contract.
De Vrij also has the advantage of not being played in different positions throughout his career, making him a more suitable replacement for the departing Mascherano.