The Spanish giants have been busy in the transfer window so far and have added a host of new faces, and despite strengthening their defence with the acquisition of Jeremy Mathieu yesterday, the Catalan club are now hoping to add one more defender before the new season begins.
Barcelona's looming transfer ban has been put on hold so the club can buy and sell in this window, and they have made use of it by completely reshaping the squad ahead of the new season.
They have been strongly linked with a move for Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen all summer, though the latest reports suggest that they have made a huge offer to Paris Saint-Germain for their priority target in Brazilian defender Marquinhos.
Cadena SER claims Barcelona has submitted a €40m offer for PSG centre back Marquinhos.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) July 23, 2014
Spanish radio station Cadena SER has reported that Barcelona have made a €40 million offer for the 20-year-old, and if a deal is agreed, the club will not follow up any interest in Jan Vertonghen.
PSG are not willing to part company with the talented youngster but have already added David Luiz to the squad, and are pushing Financial Fair Play rules to the limit after spending so much this summer, and may be tempted to accept a huge offer if the report is to be believed.
Vertonghen has not travelled to the US with the Spurs squad for their pre-season tour as he is enjoying a break following his participation with Belgium at the World Cup this summer.
The 27-year-old is a key member of the Tottenham defence and the club are thought to be preparing to offer him a new contract at the club.
If Barcelona can agree terms with PSG for Marquinhos, then Vertonghen would surely remain a Spurs player and would be able to fully concentrate on The Lilywhites season under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham have conceded five goals in two games on their US Tour so far and Vertonghen's return will undoubtedly shore up the backline, especially as he will be able to play in his preferred central role following the signing of Ben Davies yesterday.