Lazio defender Luiz Felipe has been in contact with Barcelona over a possible move in the summer, claims the Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.
Felipe arrived in Lazio from Brazilian club Ituano in the summer transfer window of 2016. He spent his first season in Italy on loan at Serie B side Salernitana.
Since then, he has been stuck in Le Aquile and has 99 appearances in all competitions.
However, he has missed large parts of the current campaign through injury and illness and has been ruled out since January after ankle surgery.
The 24-year-old’s contract expires in 2022, leaving him potentially cheap.
TuttoMercatoWeb reports that Felipe’s agent has met with representatives of Barcelona to discuss a possible move to Camp Nou.
A new center-back may be required at La Blaugrana this summer, especially with Samuel Umtiti’s future still uncertain.
The World Cup has fallen out of favor with the club, leaving only six leagues to start this campaign.
Longtime defender Gerard Pique is 34 now and is clearly past his best, while Clement Lenglet has looked shaky through most of the season.
This leaves Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza, both of whom are still young and inexperienced.
Frenkie de Jong has also filled in the heart of the defense, but manager Ronald Koeman probably prefers to play him in midfield.
Manchester City youngster Eric Garcia has also been heavily touted with a switch to the Catalan giants, with his contract expiring in the summer.
The 20-year-old spent nine years at La Masia before moving to England in 2017. He has since earned seven national team appearances for the Spanish national team.
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