FC Barcelona are reportedly on the hunt for a new left-back, and have identified a player with African roots as their preferred target, while it has also been claimed a Liverpool defender is on the shortlist.
The Catalan giants are looking for a back-up for Jordi Alba after Lucas Digne left the club to join Everton in the recent transfer window, and Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo believe Olympique Lyon’s Ferland Mendy is the Blaugrana’s top target.
The 23-year-old, who was born in France but whose parents hail from Senegal and Guinea, joined Lyon from Le Havre for just €5 million (R84 million) in July 2017, and has since made a name for himself in 44 appearances for the French giants.
Mendy is yet to make a decision on which country he wants to represent at senior level, although Senegal are keen to have him run out for them.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno, Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Paris Saint-Germain’s Juan Bernat are reportedly also on Barca’s shortlist for the position.
While Mendy, Gaya and Bernat would all likely require a high transfer fee, Mundo Deportivo believe Moreno could be available for a cheap switch in January.
The Spaniard has fallen behind Andrew Robertson in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order at Liverpool, and his current deal with the Reds expires at the end of the season.