With Dani Alves all but certain to bid Barcelona adieu this summer, the Catalan giants are looking to the Premier League in search of a replacement for the Brazilian.
Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin is rumoured to be a target, along with Liverpool’s Glen Johnson.
The La Liga pacesetters are under a FIFA-enforced ban on buying players until January 2016, but they can still recruit this summer, before registering them in their squad at the turn of the year.
Out-of-contract England man Johnson has been fervently linked with a move to foreign climes during pre-season, with widespread reports indicating he may be about to link with fellow former Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole at Roma.
A new deal does not look forthcoming at Liverpool where he has found himself on the first-team periphery of late.
A spot on the sidelines is sure to be in store when the Merseysiders travel to Arsenal next for a match they’re rated 3/1 to win.
With the terms of their transfer ban preventing players from donning Los Blaugrana colours until 2016, it’s unlikely the club will be able to attract a world-class right-back this summer, while it’s notoriously difficult to draft in top talents during the January transfer window.
It’s for this reason why Johnson has been targeted.
A short-term solution to their quandary, the West Ham academy graduate will fill in for half a season when a defender of a more fitting stature can be sourced.
Gunners prodigy Bellerin is deemed more of a signing for the future, with Barcelona hopeful of bringing the speedy 20-year-old back to his home town.
The Spanish under-19 international followed a course traversed by Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas in joining Arsenal as a teenager, fleeing Barca’s La Masia talent factory in favour of better first-team prospects in north London.
He has frequently impressed this term since making a hastily brought about debut at Borussia Dortmund earlier in the campaign.
However, Mathieu Debuchy and versatile defender Calum Chambers both capable right-backs in the ranks, a sufficient sum of money stumped up by the Catalan club may well tempt Arsene Wenger to sell.