Barcelona Eye Premier League Defenders Raid

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Barcelona are eyeing Premier League stars to solve the problems with the left side of their defence claims Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish duo of Nacho Monreal, 32, and Alberto Moreno, 26, are the solutions identified by Ernesto Valverde after Lucas Digne failed to impress the Camp Nou coach and was sold to Everton this summer.

Arsenal left-back Monreal is currently in talks with the north London club over a new deal. Despite this, interest from Spain continues with Real Sociedad long-time admirers, as well as Athletic Bilbao.

Interest from Barcelona may change the situation despite the former Malaga defender declaring himself happy with the fallen Premier League giants.

Moreno moved to Liverpool in 2014 from hometown Sevilla but has yet to make 100 Premier League appearances. Valverde wants the pair to provide stiff competition for a place in the Blaugrana side.

Monreal, with 22 international caps, is the more experienced of the pair and is first-choice at Arsenal, pushing last summer’s signing Sead Kolasinac into the background under Arsene Wenger and now Unai Emery.

Whether he would be willing to swap the comfort of the Emirates for the Camp Nou is questionable, despite the obvious attractions. Monreal’s aim, he declared in a recent interview, is to play into he is 40 (!) but moving to Barcelona may see him pushed onto the scrapheap sooner than that.

Moreno, meanwhile, is less assured of a first-team place at Anfield is understood to be more amenable to a move.