Barcelona are monitoring the situation of Villarreal man Alfonso Pedraza, according to reports.
21-year-old winger Pedraza in particular is something of a shock target for Ernesto Valverde's table-topping side, after having made 14 league appearances for Championship Leeds United on loan in the second half of last season.
He is currently out on loan again, this time at Alaves where he has fifteen appearances in all competitions this season.
A year ago Alfonso Pedraza was on loan at Lugo, soon to be on his way to Leeds United. Now he's excelling at Alaves, adept at both left back and left wing, and catching Barcelona's eye. https://t.co/ShO9vq5s5f #lufc #mot pic.twitter.com/It4V0rQ4LL— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) December 13, 2017
The report claims that Pedreza has a €20m release clause in his contracts, though that number are unlikely to phase the financial muscle of Barcelona.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have targeted both Spanish Under-21 international Rodrigo Hernandez, known as Rodri and winger Alfonso Pedraza playing for Deportivo Alavés as a loanee— The Sportz Zone (@SportzGlobal) December 13, 2017
Pedraza has been mooted as a possible long term replacement for Jordi Alba, after being deployed by Alaves at left back for much of this season.
He has drawn comparisons with Gareth Bale and Denis C
It is also suggested that Barcelona could face competition for Pedraza, with both Newcastle and Southampton having been linked with the Spaniard in the summer, with Rafael Benitez still thought to be interested in the left sided player.