An international midfielder could be set for the Camp Nou exit door - will he head to the Premier League?
In a bid to secure a place in Mexico's World Cup squad, Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos appears ready to leave the Catalan giants, initially on loan, having told Catalunya Radio;
“My objective is to be in the World Cup and if I don’t get minutes, going on loan in December would be a good option,”
The Premier League could come calling, despite his brother Giovani previously flopping at Spurs - here are five clubs that could have an interest should Barca sanction a loan deal.
Relations between the two clubs are fairly strong, given that Barcelona received a number of loan offers for winger Gerard Deulofeu, but chose to send him to Goodison Park as they believed Roberto Martinez's footballing philosophy would offer the youngster the best environment to develop. The Toffees aren't necessarily in need of a central midfielder after the signings of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, whilst Ross Barkley has emerged as a key player this season - but if Barcelona were willing to loan the Mexican out with a view to a permanent deal, it could appeal to Martinez - especially with rumours that Barry could reunite with Roberto Mancini at Galatasaray.
Credited with an interest in the summer, Dos Santos is well schooled in the passing style that Brendan Rodgers preaches at Liverpool. Joe Allen is returning from injury but has been underwhelming since his move from Swansea, and adding Dos Santos on loan could make Rodgers' squad stronger in the middle of the park. The 23 year old also offers versatility that some of his existing players can't, having played at full back in his career too.
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino tried to sign Jonathan Dos Santos - and his brother Giovani - in January 2012, but his bid ultimately fell short. He has a number of midfielders at his disposal at St. Mary's Stadium, in Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, James Ward-Prowse and new signing Victor Wanyama, but again, Dos Santos' versatility and undoubted quality could appeal to the Argentine, whose great start to the season has lead to hopes of a top 10 finish this year.
Manager Michael Laudrup has regularly used La Liga to bring in players, with names such as Michu, Pablo Hernandez, Jonathan de Guzman and Jose Canas all brought over from Spain. He will no doubt be aware of Dos Santos and his ability, and despite saying in the summer that he wouldn't be looking to La Liga for any more players, he did sign striker Alvaro Vazquez on deadline day. With de Guzman's loan deal expiring at the end of the season, Laudrup may not be able to pass up the opportunity of signing Dos Santos, should the situation arise.
West Ham United
Dos Santos doesn't look like your typical Sam Allardyce signing, but the Hammers were also linked with a move for him in the summer. West Ham fans would probably prefer a more attractive brand of football, and bringing in Dos Santos would go some way to achieving that. A move to London may also appeal to Dos Santos, as it has done with many foreign players in the past.
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