Barcelona's chances of signing either Kevin Gameiro or Luciano Vietto this summer look to be on the ropes, with Sport reporting that Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are considering a swap deal that would see the Frenchman and the Argentine switch clubs. Stories suggested the Catalans had already agreed terms with Gameiro over the weekend, but a last-minute move from Los Colchoneros could see them miss out on both targets.
The reigning La Liga champions are after a versatile forward to complete their summer shopping, having already signed Denis Suarez, Samuel Umititi, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes. Gameiro and Vietto have emerged in recent weeks as the top two prospects to serve as a back-up for the 'MSN' trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Mundo Deportivo had suggested Vietto was the more likely of the two options, as Barcelona were in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid to recruit the 22-year-old striker in a deal worth around €22m (£18.4m, $24.1m).
However, Sport claimed over the weekend that Gameiro was the chosen one, with the Catalans reaching an agreement in principle with Sevilla over a deal.
Confirmation of the move looked pending when the French striker was left out of Sevilla's friendly line-up against SV Sandhausen on Sunday (24 July), despite being expected to feature.
But Sport's latest claims indicate Barcelona could miss out on both players. Atletico Madrid have apparently launched a last-minute hijacking that could see Gameiro play at the Vicente Calderon instead.
According to the Spanish publication, Los Colchoneros have made an offer worth €20m plus the services of Vietto to avoid losing the Frenchman to Barcelona.
AS also claims that Gameiro is very close to Atletico Madrid after Diego Simeone identified him as the preferred alternative to Chelsea's Diego Costa, who was his number-one option to bolster the club's attack.