Only last week, the French edition ShemsFM claimed a deal with AC Milan had been struck. However, nothing has come of this rumour since and fresh reports claim Barcelona are now leading the way.
"The central defender made the trip to Catalonia on Thursday to meet with Barcelona chiefs. The hypothesis of a transfer plus loan move would be most likely," L’Equipe report.
How Barcelona transfer ban could alter the situation:
Aside from having plenty of defensive options, Barcelona are also in the midst of a transfer ban where any incoming player can’t represent the club in any form until January.
As such, should Abdennour move to the Nou Camp, it’s highly possible that he would be immediately loaned out for at least six months in order to keep him match fit.
Why Newcastle United and West Ham United shouldn’t give up:
The financial benefits of the Premier League mean established top-flight clubs now have the means to prise away Europe’s top stars, even if they are currently playing European football.
While Monaco may be a Champions League club, Abdennour can earn more money at Newcastle or West Ham and the opportunity to become a part of something special at either club is there.
While Barcelona is the pinnacle for any footballer, regular first-team football is just as important and the Monaco centre-back will surely have his international future to consider when making his decision.