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Barcelona Focus On Munir Replacement


The Blaugrana are eyeing the veteran Uruguayan striker after the departure of Munir from the club last week.

Barcelona are eyeing Girona forward Cristhian Stuani as they continue their search for a backup striker, as per reports.

Munir El Haddadi completed a move to Sevilla last week, leaving the Blaugrana short on squad depth in the attacking positions.

The Liga leaders have explored the signing of several names, but have focused in on Stuani due to his production and his relatively low price tag he has on him.

The 32-year-old forward has netted 12 La Liga goals this season, leaving him behind the Barça duo's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the league scoring chart.

Girona have been looking to tie Stuani down to a new contract, but the veteran has yet to agree terms with his current deal expiring at the end of next season campaign.

Though they aren't able to offer as much game time as Girona, Barca believe the possibility of winning silverware can convince Stuani to move to Camp Nou.
Stuani has a €15 million (£13m/$17m) release clause, a relative bargain for a player in such fine goalscoring form and a high profile.

Barca could also potentially offset the price of Stuani's purchase by selling the rarely-used Denis Suarez, who is on the verge of completing a loan move to Arsenal with an obligation to buy at the end of the loan deal.

In addition to Stuani, Barcelona have also been linked with several Premier League forwards in their search for depth at the position.

Chelsea pair Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, as well as Tottenham's Fernando Llorente have been mooted as possible options to replace Munir.

However, Barca ruled out a move for Morata two weeks ago and have yet to contact Chelsea over Giroud.

Llorente is also unlikely to arrive, with Spurs now more likely to need the veteran forward after Harry Kane's injury.


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