According to IB Times , Barcelona are interested in contracting Spanish striker Ayoze Perez after failing to land the signings of Atletico Madrid’s Luciano Vietto and Sevilla’s Kevin Gameiro.
Bringing Perez to the Camp Nou would cost the team a reported £15 million, roughly 10 times more than Newcastle United paid for the forward back in 2014.
After making a total of 47 appearances for the club throughout the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons, Perez had fired 13 shots into the back of the net for Newcastle United.
This will be Barcelona’s second attempt to sign the Spaniard after failing to do so in the summer transfer window of 2014. Perez refused to become part of the Barcelona family after finding out he would only be a striker for the B team.
The Barcelona Football Club has successfully landed the signings of Andre Gomez, Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez, and Lucas Digne. However, coach Luis Enrique has struggled to bring in any forwards during the 2016 summer transfer window.
After being in the talks with players like Nolito, Vietto, and Gameiro for possible 2016 signings, all players have decided to join different teams after knowing that they will not find much playing time on the pitch for the Catalan giants.
Former Barcelona players, Sandro and Munir, have made the decision to leave the La Liga Champions for the likewise reason.
Enrique is looking for a versatile player to have as a substitute for the highly rated, first choice strikers in the squad: Messi, Suarez, and Neymar.
It seems unlikely for the young forward to join the Spanish club since he is first choice for the starting XI at his current club. Although he would definitely bring much to the table for the squad, he would find more time on the bench than he would on the field.
Barcelona will have to keep searching for a player whom is willing to settle as a back up striker for the squad. Reports say the team have their eyes on AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, but will face the fear of denial if the player is not comfortable as a substitute.