Pep Guardiola keen on Stamford Bridge defender.
Chelsea fullback Ashley Cole is being watched by Barcelona.
Sport says while new contract talks rumble on with Eric Abidal, Barca have drawn up plans in the event they need to replace the Frenchman – and Cole is high on their agenda.
Barca had scouts check on Cole in action against Liverpool on Sunday.
Barca coach Pep Guardiola gets along well with Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas and knows he has plans to overhaul an ageing Blues squad, which could include listening to offers for Cole.
If there is a weak area in Barcelona’s first team, and that’s a huge IF, then it may well be at left back. Pep Guardiola currently has the likes of veteran Eric Abidal, Brazilian Adriano and bit part player Maxwell to select from and it seems plausible that a move for Ashley Cole would make sense.
Though clearly the 30 year old is no spring chicken the England man is arguably experiencing the best form of his career over the past 18 months. Given that Chelsea are struggling for form the former Arsenal man may well be tempted by a new challenge and it would be very hard to turn down the advances of the all conquering Catalan side.
Andre Villas-Boas will be loathed to lose perhaps his most consistent performer but will at least be able to fill the loss of Cole with the up and coming youngster Ryan Bertrand who at 22 may well be ready to get a taste of regular first team football after five years of being sent out on loan to learn his trade.