​Barcelona manager Quique Setién has admitted that he has a lot of admiration for one of the club's top transfer targets, Rodrigo Moreno.

The Valencia striker has been linked with a move to Camp Nou for a number of years, but Barça's recent injury problems in attack have seen the deal move to as close as it's ever been.

It's largely unknown if Barcelona will look to push a deal over the line before the January transfer window closes next week, but ahead of their match against Valencia, Setién couldn't hold back his admiration for the Spain international.

Rodrigo Moreno Machado

"Rodrigo? I like all good players," Setien said, quoted by Marca"He's an extraordinary footballer, tomorrow he could give us problems and he is a key player for their team.

"I would have preferred if he wasn't playing, but we know that if he's not there then there is another player, Valencia have a great squad with or without Rodrigo."

Despite his praise for Valencia's star man Rodrigo, Setién stressed that Barcelona's squad still had what it takes to fight on all fronts this season - even without a recognised centre-forward.

"Under normal circumstances, this club has to compete to win everything, but there are things you can't control like injuries, and they can influence if you're squad will be strong enough," he added.

"It's always convenient to be prepared in case that happens, but at this moment I don't put too much value on it."

Although the arrival of a new striker in Catalonia is still very much up in the air, academy graduate Carles Pérez appears to be on the cusp of leaving Barcelona in January - just six months after signing a new contract at the club.

Carles Pérez

The 21-year-old has made 12 first-team appearances this season, but Pérez is now expected to join Italian side Roma on a loan deal which includes an option to buy.

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