Spanish giants Barcelona are eyeing a multi-million pound deal for Tottenham’s versatile right back Vedran Corluka in order to strengthen their depleted defence. According to the El Mundo Deportivo, the club’s representatives have been present at the European Championships to keep a close eye on the Croatian, watching him play in both games against Ireland and Italy.
The defender went on loan to Bayer Leverkusen this January and featured for the German club against Barcelona in their Champions League tie. The Croat impressed in his spell with the club and is now being scouted by a Barcelona team who will be trying hard to re-establish themselves as the best club in Spain, let alone Europe.
Barcelona are reeling from last season’s disappointment after the club only managed to win the Copa del Rey, failing to defend either their UEFA Champions League or La Liga crowns. After the departure of charismatic coach Pep Guardiola, there are some who believe that it’s the beginning of the end for a squad that has mesmerised the world with the ball in their feet. Corluka’s arrival may not spur immediate confidence in the fans, but may prove to be an intelligent purchase that will pay dividends in the long term.