Barcelona are tracking Koln left-back Jonas Hector following the German's impressive performances at Euro 2016, according to Sport. The Spanish publication adds that the Catalans will need to act quickly, however, as the defender's agent indicates the player has received offers from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to move to the Premier League.
The current La Liga and Copa del Rey champions are in the market for a Jordi Alba back-up, amid the uncertain future of Adriano. The club have been linked with a number of left-backs in recent months, including Villarreal starlet Adrian Marian, Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell and Portugal international Raphael Guerreiro.
However, following Guerreiro signing for Borussia Dortmund, Sport claims Hector is the top candidate to bolster Barca's back-line.
The Spanish publication claims Barcelona scouts have been tracking the 26-year-old for a while, but his performances at Euro 2016 have finally indicated he is ready for the move up to one of Europe's elite sides.
Reports suggest Koln are demanding around €18m (£15.2m, $20m) for his services, a figure Barcelona would be keen to meet as they also value the player's versatility to play in the middle of the park.
However, Barcelona will need to make a move quick, as Hector has also received offers from Liverpool and Spurs, with the player wanting to finalise his plans for next season as soon as possible.
Barcelona have other, cheaper, alternatives in mind, but Sport believes Hector is the player Luis Enrique wants most.
Hector is said to be attracted by the idea of playing for Barcelona, although he is aware that he will be joining as a back-up for Alba. At Liverpool he would be challenging Alberto Moreno for a first-team place, with the Spaniard coming under heavy scrutiny last season.
Jurgen Klopp has already made two signings from the Bundesliga, in the shape of Joel Matip and Loris Karius, and could make it a hat-trick with his compatriot. Prior to Euro 2016, Hector admitted that Klopp would be a great draw to Anfield.
"You always have to consider whether you are ready to take the next step. But at the moment I am not thinking about it. I think what we have to do at FC Koln is enough. I also have with the national team a big tournament ahead of us," Hector said to Eurosport in March.
But when asked if a call from Klopp would change his mind, he responded: "Then I would start to think about it."