Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for Jesus Corona if Ousmane Dembele is lured away by Barcelona this summer.
That is according to A Bola (via Depor.com), who have suggested that Dortmund have made contingency plans in case the France international decides to depart the Westfalenstadion in favour of a switch to the Nou Camp.
Dembele is rumoured to have attracted serious interest from La Blaugrana after a stupendous first season in Germany, and Die Borussia would look to replace the forward with Corona if he completes a transfer to the Catalan giants.
Mexico international Corona currently plays for Portuguese heavyweights Porto, and has a half-decent record of netting 14 goals and 14 assists in 76 appearances for his current employers.
According to Mexican-based radio station W Radio on Friday, Corona was once again linked with Dortmund after the Bundesliga club allegedly enquired about his availability in the January transfer window.
Ousmane Dembele is ambidexterity defined. pic.twitter.com/CldlO9dPXf— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 21, 2017
Back then, the DfB Pokal Cup holders were given a valuation of around £9m to prise the 24-year-old away from the Estadio do Dragao - a fee that Porto would have to part pay to Corona's former club FC Twente, who have a 30% sell-on fee clause from Corona's transfer in August 2015.
Whether that quote would have increased since Dortmund's last enquiry is up for debate, but Peter Bosz's side would certainly need to replace the end-product from Dembele if the ex-Rennes starlet joined Ernesto Valverde's squad in the upcoming window.
Dembele made a £13m move from France to Germany last July and sparkled for Dortmund as he bagged 10 goals and 21 assists in 49 games.
His two-footed ability, which drew widespread acclaim on social media last week, would be of great use to Barcelona as opposing players would not know whether to show the winger inside or down the line and would give Valverde a pacy, skilfull alternative to La Blaugrana's feared front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in key matches.