The Serie A supermarket: Barcelona turn to Italy in hunt for defenders, ‘with Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt and Inter centre back Milan Skriniar among their options’… but Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo will be used in deals
- Barcelona have reportedly identified a number of Serie A defenders as targets
- Players are Matthijs de Ligt, Daniele Rugani, Mattia de Sciglio and Milan Skriniar
- Spanish giants would use Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo in any swap deals
- Barca have a long-term interest in De Ligt, who only joined Juventus last year
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Barcelona could raid Italy for at least two new defenders when the transfer window reopens after identifying a number of potential targets in Serie A.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have their eye on a trio of Juventus stars – Matthijs de Ligt, Daniele Rugani and Mattia de Sciglio – and Inter Milan centre back Milan Skriniar.
However, any deals will involve player swaps rather than straight cash, with the Spanish champions among those hit hardest financially by the coronavirus crisis.
Barcelona are eyeing four Serie A defenders according to Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo
Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is at the top of Barca’s list as they look to strengthen
The Spanish newspaper claim that Barcelona will use their good relationship with Juve and Inter to help improve their squad without breaking the bank.
Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo are likely to be used in any deals, with manager Quique Setien desperate to strengthen his defence before the start of next season.
De Ligt was a target for Barca before he joined Juventus last summer, but an up-and-down first season in Italy has led to suggestions that he could be made available.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the first player Barcelona asked Juve about when they declared an interest in signing midfielder Arthur Melo was the Dutch defender.
Samuel Umtiti (left) and Nelson Semedo (right) are expected to be included in swap deals
Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has emerged as a target for a number of Europe’s top clubs
The Spanish giants are said to be in the market for at least one central defender, plus a new full-back, when the transfer window is given the green light to reopen.
De Ligt and Skriniar, who has reportedly attracted interest from Manchester United, would cost significantly more than Rugani and De Sciglio, which could cause a problem for cash-strapped Barca.
The club also remain keen on a deal for Inter’s star striker Lautaro Martinez, while they are said to be in talks with Juve over a deal which would see midfielder Miralem Pjanic move to the Nou Camp this summer.
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