With Spanish giants FC Barcelona currently in a striker crisis following the injury to Luis Suarez, the Catalan club has now been linked with a shock January signing.
The Blaugrana recently confirmed that 32-year-old Suarez will be out for at least four months with a knee injury, with many expecting Antoine Griezmann to play a more central role in his absence.
However, the Frenchman has spent the majority of the season on the left side of attack, where he has provided excellent cover for left-backs Junior Firpo and Jordi Alba and put in some brilliant defensive displays.
New Barca boss Quique Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde in the Camp Nou dugout on Tuesday morning, might have that in mind when sizing up his strongest XI, and could be forced to bring in a striker in this transfer window as a result.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona could make a move for former Middlesbrough striker Cristhian Stuani, who is believed to have a release clause of £21 million (R393 million) in his contract with Girona.
The 33-year-old joined the Spanish club in 2017, and has proved he is capable of scoring goals in LaLiga, having struck on 21 occasions in the 2017/18 season, and 19 times in the 2018/19 campaign.
Stuani has found the back of the net 16 times in 18 matches in LaLiga2, Spain's second tier, so far this time around, but is now tipped to spend the second half of the season with the Catalan giants, whom he has been linked with before.
Barca's biggest concern is said to be the Uruguayan's price tag given that he will be turning 34 years old later this year, although his form in front of goal might be difficult to ignore with Suarez unavailable.
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