Barcelona who were snubbed last year by Matthijs de Ligt, have been encouraged in their pursuit of the Dutch star by Juventus’s interest in midfielder Arthur Melo. According to The Sun, a swap deal might be on the cards as the Coronavirus pandemic has limited most football clubs’ ability to make big-money signings. Juventus are interested in Barca’s Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo also according to The Sun, who quote Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo as their source and this interest could be leveraged by Barcelona in signing de Ligt.
If Barcelona do sign de Ligt, then he would be the perfect long term replacement for Gerard Pique. Pique who has served Barca so well for more than a decade now has shown signs of his age and with Umtiti and Lenglet being so inconsistent, Barcelona need to sign a center back urgently.