Barcelona are closely monitoring Torino right-back Matteo Darmian ahead of Dani Alves, a reported target of Manchester United and Liverpool, potentially leaving the club at the end of the season, reports in Italy claimed.
Out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of this campaign, the Brazil international has been linked with a move to the Premier League giants and Paris Saint-Germain in recent times.
His agent, Dinorah Santana, recently revealed negotiations with the Catalans over a new deal were unlikely to reach a positive outcome as the La Liga giants were not willing to fulfil the player's contract demands.
"The negotiations are over," Santana was quoted as saying by Marca. "Dani will see out his contract at Barcelona in the best possible manner."
Earlier in April, Alves denied having signed any agreement with another club but admitted his future at Barcelona was uncertain.
"I am very happy in this club and I have not signed for another club. If there are clubs that offer me a new alternative or I am not at the level that Barcelona desire, I will be willing to contemplate other options. I will take a decision at the end of the season," the 31-year-old defender said.
And the Catalans appear to be preparing for life without Alves as the club's sporting director, Ariedo Braida, was recently spotted by the Italian media in the game between Torino and Roma watching Darmian.
Barcelona are unable to sign any players until January 2016 due to a Fifa ban but when asked about the Torino defender, Braida admitted, as quoted by Sport: "Darmian looked good, even though he can and must still keep growing. But I do not need to discover Matteo now, he has grown up in Milan's academy. I have known him since he was born."
Recent reports in Spain claim Barcelona have identified Darmian as one of the potential candidates to replace Alves after their first choice, Porto star Danilo, agreed a summer move to Real Madrid instead.
But Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi has suggested Barcelona will struggle to sign Darmian as the Italian side are not likely to negotiate his departure.
"He is not on the market because Torino have put a lot of effort into keeping him at the club," Petrachi said to Tutto Sport. "If he wants to leave, then we will evaluate what to do. But we are not planning on letting him leave. Anyway, we will only talk about this if we have an offer because as of today there is none."