Report: Barcelona chief watches Funes Mori for Argentina

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori after being sent off

Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Everton defender in the past.

Funes Mori ArgentinaFunes Mori Argentina

Barcelona chief Robert Fernandez used Argentina’s clash with Venezuela on Saturday to scout Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, reports Catalan newspaper Sport.

The defender only joined Everton from River Plate last summer and enjoyed a solid if uninspiring first season in the Premier League.

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori after being sent offEverton's Ramiro Funes Mori after being sent off

In general he impressed, but at times struggled in an Everton defence that was heavily criticised under Roberto Martinez.

Nonetheless, he has been linked with a move to the La Liga champions this summer, with Mundo Deportivo reporting three weeks ago that his agent had met with Barca directors in Madrid.

They have long been interested in the Argentine defender and tracked him at River Plate before his move to Merseyside.

Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori heads at goalEverton's Ramiro Funes Mori heads at goal

At present a move is unlikely to happen but they are still keeping track of his progress with a view to a move in future.

According to Sport, Fernandez recently took the chance to scout him when Argentina took on Venezuela in the Copa America on Saturday. 

He was principally at the game to talk with Javier Mascherano, who has been linked with a move to Juventus (Daily Mail) but didn’t waste the opportunity to assess Funes Mori in person.

Sunderland's Fabio Borini shoots at goal past the challenge of Everton's Ramiro Funes MoriSunderland's Fabio Borini shoots at goal past the challenge of Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori

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