Report: Liverpool goalkeeper target offered transfer – to Barcelona

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Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, a rumoured target for Liverpool, has reportedly been offered to Barcelona.

Ochoa, now 28, burst on to the scene in his native Mexico back in 2004, making his debut for Club America aged just 18. Once he made his first start, the shot stopper never looked back and established himself as their clear first choice goalkeeper, making over 200 appearances before moving on to Ligue 1 side Ajaccio in a shock move.

Bigger clubs had been linked with Ochoa but it was the Corsican outfit who landed Ochoa's signature in a huge coup – and to nobody's surprise, Ochoa has been superb in France, producing consistently impressive displays since his 2011 switch.

But now, his contract has expired and he is looking to move on to a bigger club on a free transfer – which had allegedly caught the attention of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. The Reds' first choice stopper Simon Mignolet had an up-and-down season at Anfield and it's believed that Rodgers would like to add competition behind the Belgian in order to push him further.

On a free, it looked like the ideal signing, but their hopes have been dented after it was revealed that Ochoa has been offered a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

The Catalan side recently signed German youngster Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as the man to replace long-serving Victor Valdes between the sticks at the Camp Nou, but with Pinto also set to leave the club, new manager Luis Enrique needs to sign an experienced backup.

Real Sociedad's Chilean international Claudio Bravo appears to be their primary target, but if their La Liga rivals ask for too much in order to sign him, Barca could turn their attentions to Ochoa – who would of course move to the club for nothing.

It's ideal for Barca; they get an experienced international goalkeeper without paying a fee, whilst Ochoa is also a popular figure back in Mexico, and Barcelona can exploit the commercial benefits from such a move – as they did when they signed Mexico captain Rafael Marquez back in 2003.

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