Barcelona are weighing up a move for former Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel di Maria as a back up plan for Leeds United forward Raphinha but the Premier League club are demanding too high a fee for the Brazilian.
Football espana reported that Leeds are asking for close to €60m for Raphinha while Barcelona are willing to go as high as about €35m.
The club’s sporting director Mateu Alemany will travel to England to try and unblock the transfer this week but in the event that he cannot and Ousmane Dembele decides against renewing his deal at Camp Nou Diario AS report they will go for Di Maria.
The Argentinian will be a free agent at the end of this month and had been in conversation with Juventus.
It has been speculated that Do Maria would prefer returning to Spain over relocating to Italy. He would, however, have to take a pay-cut.
The 34-year-old wants to spend one more year in Europe to ensure he arrives at the World Cup in Qatar with the Argentine national team in peak form. He will charge €7.5m for the season and then plans to return home to end his career with Rosario Central.