Barcelona are reportedly weighing up a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi when their transfer embargo is lifted in January. Argentina international Lavezzi, 30, is in the final year of his contract at PSG and is likely to be available for a cut-price fee when the transfer window reopens on 1 January.
Catalan daily Sport claimed Barcelona, who are also monitoring Celta Vigo striker Nolito, would make a final decision on a move for the former Napoli attacker within two weeks. If Luis Enrique gives the green light to the transfer, Lavezzi would be offered a two-and-a-half-year deal worth around £3.5m (€5m) per year, according to the paper.
Enrique is keen to bolster his attacking options after having sanctioned the sale of Pedro to Chelsea in the summer. The Catalan giants were barred from signing players in 2015 after they were found guilty of breaching Fifa's rules on transfers of players under the age of 18.
Limited playing time
Lavezzi has indicated that he is likely to quit PSG at the end of this season after falling behind the likes of Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura in the pecking order at Parc des Princes.
"I think that this will be my last year with Paris Saint-Germain and I want to end it in the best way possible," Lavezzi was quoted as saying by Goal in September.
"I could have left this summer, but I wanted to stay because I believe in this team. I have had some difficulties to get into the team, but the competition for places motivates me."
Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan have also been touted as possible destinations for Lavezzi, but Sport claimed he preferred a transfer to the Nou Camp owing to his positive relationship with compatriots Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano.
Lavezzi joined PSG from Napoli in 2012 and has scored 34 goals in 154 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit in all competitions.