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Barcelona chiefs reportedly had a keen eye on proceedings in Torino vs Lazio on Monday, with Andrea Belotti, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Stefan de Vrij on their radar.
According to Calciomercato, via Mundo Deportivo, the trio have all gained their attention, enough for them to attend the game and take a closer look at least.
While there is no suggestion that talks have even begun over deals, if Barca are looking to launch a triple raid, then it would certainly add pivotal building blocks for their team for years to come.
All three players are at a decent age, with De Vrij (25), Milinkovic-Savic (22) and Belotti (23) all with a long way to go in their respective careers to improve and develop further having shown impressive signs thus far.
De Vrij has been a solid defensive presence in the Lazio backline since his move to the Italian capital in 2014, although he has had his injury problems while Barca could be tempted by the fact that his contract expires at the end of the season and no renewal has yet been suggested as being close.
Milinkovic-Savic has earned rave reviews for his form for the Biancocelesti, and the Serbian international has proven his quality with his tenacity, general presence in midfield as well as his eye for goal. The Express reported just this past weekend that he was a possible £95m target for Man Utd, which suggests how highly-regarded he is.
Meanwhile, as for Belotti, the Italian forward scored 28 goals in 38 games last season in a real breakthrough year for him, and similarly to Milinkovic-Savic is said to be valued at around €100m, as per FourFourTwo.
In turn, if Barcelona do take their interest further, they’ll be signing three quality players who can be future building blocks to rebuild the backbone of the team. However, they evidently won’t all come cheap, and it remains to be seen who they would be replacing.
Defensive reinforcements are needed as they’re light in that department, especially as we may see now Samuel Umtiti is injured. The likes of Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets aren’t getting younger, while Luis Suarez may well need a long-term replacement sooner rather than later too.
Are these three Barcelona material? Or is the scouting as far as it should go?