Barcelona are closely monitoring the development of Paulo Dybala ahead of a big-money move for his services in the future, according to Mundo Deportivo. The La Liga giants opted against making a marquee signing in the recent transfer window, but could break the bank next summer to recruit the Juventus star.
The Catalans have not been shy about spending big money in recent windows, with the likes of Neymar and Luis Suarez among the priciest recruits. Reports earlier in the summer suggested they could flash the cash again, with Dybala himself and Paul Pogba mentioned as possible targets.
However, Barcelona eventually opted to boost squad depth rather than sign a new headline attraction. The club spent €122.75m (£105.7m, $137m) bolstering Luis Enrique's options, with the recruitment of Paco Alcacer, Andre Gomes, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, Denis Suarez and Jasper Cillesen.
The club now have options in coverage for all positions, with the only doubts remaining regarding the poor form of Aleix Vidal as back-up for Sergi Roberto at right-back.
Mundo Deportivo reports that should the new additions make the impact expected during the current campaign, Barcelona will focus on a big-money recruitment over the summer, with Dybala the most likely candidate.
The Argentine has been on the radar at the Nou Camp since his days at Palermo. Over the summer Gustavo Mascardi, found of the agency that represents the Juventus attacker, revealed Barcelona had tabled a bid of €80m for the Argentine.
Mundo Deportivo reported at the time that the Juventus star was Barcelona's top choice to replace Neymar if the Brazilian were to leave the Nou Camp, amid links with Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and even Real Madrid.
Neymar decided to sign a new deal at Barcelona, however, and the club froze its interest in Dybala. However, Mundo Deportivo believes they may renew their attempts in the near future.