Barcelona are firmly on the hunt for Dani Alves’ replacement.
The Brazilian’s departure for Juventus in the summer has left Luis Enrique’s side with a gaping hole at right-back, ineptly filled by Aleix Vidal.
It seems more and more plausible that the Nou Camp outfit could turn to the Premier League for business, with one far-fetched rumour even linking Stoke’s Glen Johnson with a move.
However, according to the Sun, a more realistic option is Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne.
It’s understood that Barca would prefer a younger player, hence why Clyne is being talked about more seriously than Johnson, even if he would cost more.
The 25-year-old could move to La Liga for around £20million, despite struggling to nail down a place in the England set-up at Kyle Walker’s expense.
It may be that Barcelona think they can mould him from a player with potential into a world-class right-back, just as they did with Alves when they signed him from Sevilla.
Liverpool will take some persuading to sell, and whether Clyne wants to leave could depend on how they fare in this season’s title race, so the stakes are higher than ever.