Barcelona continue to be on the lookout for quality players to improve their squad while keeping in mind their financial situation.
As such, the La Liga champions have been known to keep an eye out on top players with expiring contracts or footballers of a high level who might have suffered a dip or could be out of favour at their current clubs.
Such a strategy has helped them land players like Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix on loan this past summer and there will be more such signings come 2024, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona attentive to Matthijs de Ligt’s situation
And, as per the report, one of the players Barcelona are tracking as part of their strategy is Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt.
The Netherlands international is regarded as one of the top centre-backs in Europe and has been on the radars of the Blaugrana in the past as well.
After stints with AFC Ajax and Juventus, De Ligt moved to Bayern Munich last year and won the Bundesliga title in his debut season.
De Ligt disgruntled?
The 24-year-old, though, has found game-time hard to come by in the ongoing campaign, leading to frustrations on his part.
Indeed, De Ligt has started just one of Bayern Munich’s five Bundesliga matches this season and has accumulated only 82 minutes of league action thus far.
When asked about his reduced game-time not so long ago, the Dutchman had pointed fingers at manager Thomas Tuchel, saying: “Why don’t I play? No idea, ask the coach, who has played me in the last two games for 10 minutes as a pivot.”
Barcelona are thus said to be attentive to the situation, although any move for De Ligt is unlikely to come cheap as his contract with Bayern Munich runs until 2027.