Dani Alves has reportedly agreed to terms with PSG, and as the Brazilian defender seemingly ends his storied reign at the Camp Nou, Barcelona are said to be determined to find his long-term replacement, as the club is unconvinced by Martin Montoya or Douglas.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are targeting two 20-year-old Spanish right-backs who are currently plying their trade in the English Premier League.
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin has come on and proven himself as a capable defender with a wealth of promise, Barcelona know that more than anyone as they were the ones who gave the right-back his start before Arsenal wisked him away.
Liverpool's Javier Manquillo, is concluding his first year of a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid, but he could be headed to the Camp Nou due to a clause placed into the transfer from 2013.
Mundo Deportivo reports that when Barcelona sold David Villa to Atletico Madrid in 2013 for under €5 million, the reason for the cut-rate price for Spain's all-time leading scorer was because Atleti had agreed to give Barcelona a future option to purchase either midfielder Saúl Ñíguez or right-back Javier Manquillo.
Liverpool have a purchase option of €6 million on Manquillo. Barcelona have the right to match it and be first in line for the 20-year-old, and Atletico Madrid have the right to recall the home-grown player if they continue in the Champions League next season, which they likely will.
Manquillo has played 19 official matches for Liverpool this season, 10 in the Premier League, and while the numbers aren't bad for being his first year in England, it indicates that Manquillo is playing a bit part and could agree to a move to join Barcelona when the transfer ban is lifted next January.
On the other hand, Bellerin, who left Barcelona in 2011 in order to get playing time, has bounced around the lower tiers of England before finally playing 19 matches, 12 in the Premier League.
While the numbers are the same as Manquillo's, Bellerin has shown more promise, having just made his Under-21 debut for Spain this past week, and Barcelona could be willing to pay a little more to see one of their own come back home.