Barcelona’s latest transfer target has been identified as Internacional playmaker Oscar.
Coach Pep Guardiola and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta are said to be in the market for young players to reinforce the ranks of the Barcelona B team as ‘midway’ players capable of easily making the jump to first team duties when required.
Hercules’ 20-year-old right-midfielder Kiko Femenia – playing at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup – has already been brought in for this specific role, whilst the club’s intentions are reflected further in their attempts to secure Sporting Gijon’s 21-year-old left-back Jose Angel.
The Brazilian Oscar – also appearing at the Under-20 World Cup in late July – is a player Guardiola has been aware of for a number of seasons. The Coach requested follow-up scouting on the now 19-year-old when he appeared at the 2008 edition of MIC – a
Internacional have already quoted Barca a price of €6m for their tall, technically astute and goal-scoring attacking midfielder who netted eight times from 30 appearances in the Brazilian championship last season. The former Sao Paolo man is also thought open to the duel role of senior and B team duties, but the sticking point is likely to be the price, one his current side believe is now based on a fully-developed talent.