Barcelona are lining up a surprise swoop for Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez, claim reports in Spain.
The La Liga champions are looking to provide support for the irrepressible ‘MSN’ trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar and have identified Perez as a prime target.
The Spaniard has only shown glimpses of his ability during his two years at Newcastle, but, according to AS, Barca have seen enough of the 23-year-old to make a bid.
The report suggests Barcelona are willing to fork out £15m on Perez, who is on the lookout for a new club following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship.
Barca have yet to make a formal approach for Perez but it is understood talks between the two clubs will get underway next week.