According to L’Equipe, the Tunisia centre-back’s ‘entourage’ travelled to Catalonia earlier this week in order to discuss a move.
The firm interest of Barcelona may initially come as some concern to the player’s other suitors, but all may not be lost.
Barca cannot register new players until January due to their ongoing ban, meaning that other sides may have the opportunity to make their own bid for the stopper.
However, the French source speculate that Luis Enrique’s side may yet sign the player during the summer, only to loan him back to Monaco until January or the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
According to the Express, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool are all understood to be keen on the defender, while the Metro have noted that West Ham United are also considering a move for the North African.
However, interest in the stopper from Europe is considerable, and Juventus, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich will all be keeping tabs on the unravelling situation [L’Equipe].
Abdennour demonstrated his quality in the French top flight last term, proving to be a resolute, versatile and surprisingly agile figure in ASM’s watertight defence.
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