Barça keen on £32M deal for ‘highly-rated’ PL defender – reports

SPANISH GIANTS Barcelona are determined to make headway ahead of the summer transfer window as they reportedly eye paying up to £32M (R736 million) for Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu.

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The Turkish international was one of the season’s surprise packages, making it as the standout performer in Brendan Rodgers’ side. It is on the back of this sumptuous season for the muscle in defence, that Diario Sport have reported that a move to the Catalan giants could be on the cards.

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Soyuncu’s former agent Mustafa Dogru seems to agree with the notion, as the man who negotiated the 24-year-old’s move from Freiburg to King Power two summers ago. And he claims Barca’s interest in his former player goes as far back as 2016.

“It is possible that Barcelona could sign Caglar this summer, as they wanted to sign him before he moved from [Turkish side] Altinordu to Freiburg in 2016,” Dogru told Diario Sport.

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Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu has reportedly attracted interest from Spanish giants Barcelona worth a £32 million (Image: Sourced).

“We negotiated with them back then, and they presented an interesting project. But we wanted a situation which guaranteed first-team football for Caglar, which is why we chose Freiburg,” added Dogru. “Liverpool are the only Premier League side that could sign him, but Paris Saint-Germain could also be an option.”

Soyuncu himself, revealed back in April that he has no desire to leave the King Power Stadium, despite the speculation around his future. “I don’t think it would be right to go somewhere right now. I’m having a good season,” revealed the 24-year-old.

“Above all, I still have a lot to learn.” Quique Setien is looking to overhaul his squad in the summer and up to 12 players have been transfer listed, according to reports.