Barcelona’s board have drawn up a three-man collection of players that they think have the quality to replace injured star Luis Suarez, who’s set to miss nearly all the season through injury.
Having recently sacked Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with Quique Setién, the team are determined to back their new manager from the transfer market.
Barca and Real Madrid are level on points at the top of La Liga, and club bigwigs understand that a great January transfer window may be crucial if the club are to win their fifth title in sixth decades.
Spain global Olmo has been connected with Wolves and Milan but allegedly needs regular Champions League soccer which Barca could obviously provide.
AC Milan were considered to have agreed on a deal with Dinamo for $20m, but Mundo Deportivo asserts that the Croatian club have upped their requirements to $30m, a sum which Barca are reluctant to cover.
Piatek, meanwhile, has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham however chairman Daniel Levy is attempting to drive a hard bargain, and it has got nowhere so far.
The Poland international could be Barca’s best bet as a January coming since he’s had his nose put out of linking by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s coming at the San Siro.
The third and last option Pedro appears to be a strange possible replacement for Suarez because his target participation is highly unlikely to match that of the former Liverpool star.
But his contract in Chelsea is set to expire at the end of the year and as a lifelong Barcelona fan, he would run himself into the ground for the cause.
The triple Champions League winner left Barca in 2015 after climbing through their La Masia academy – comprising in an iconic first-team alongside Messi and Xavi for seven decades.
“If Barcelona call me, I abandon everything,” the Spaniard told L’Esportiu before Christmas. This pre-season there was a chance of returning that happened when Chelsea confronted Barcelona.
“I had been talking to the trainer, but the door shut quickly. I do not know what is going to happen.”
But under Lampard Pedro has dropped behind Willian, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic in Stamford Bridge.