The Catalan giants have been under a registration ban imposed by FIFA and will not be able to use any new recruits until the second half of the campaign. They have signed both Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, but the pair will not be able to feature until 2016.
Mundo Deportivo now claim that Barca have other big-name signings in mind for the winter, with Navas one of their main targets to potentially improve their depth out wide after letting Pedro leave the Nou Camp.
The Spanish international had spent his whole career with the club until leaving for Stamford Bridge this summer, and was a key part of the team’s success over the last seven years, even if he played less often in his final season.
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Navas has started in fine form for City this term and is a similar style of player, offering a little more in the way of pace and directness, which could be important in a Barcelona side full of playmakers who prefer to get the ball in deep areas to link up play.
Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is also on their radar, along with Lazio winger Antonio Candreva and Celta Vigo striker Nolito, Mundo Deportivo claims.