Barcelona have two transfer targets in mind to cover for Sergio Aguero with the Argentine striker likely to miss three months at the very least.
The 33-year-old joined the Catalan giants on a free transfer in the summer and was making just his sixth appearance for the club when he began experiencing chest pains during last weekend’s La Liga match against Alaves.
The Argentina international was taken to hospital where he underwent a series of cardiological tests to determine the problem.
In an official statement earlier this week, Barcelona confirmed Aguero would be unavailable for at least three months while the veteran forward receives further treatment.
Barcelona are currently in a state of flux following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, who was dismissed after a miserable run of results which culminated in a third straight defeat against chief rivals Real Madrid last month.
Club legend Xavi is the overwhelming favourite to take over on a permanent basis from caretaker Sergi Berjuan and although his club Al Sadd are digging their heels in, plans are already underway to cover for a potentially lengthy Aguero absence.
According to AS, Barcelona are keen to avoid a short-term fix in light of their delicate financial plight and the fact that the likes of Martin Brathwaite and Luuk de Jong, signed primarily as back-up options, have made limited impacts since their arrivals.
The Spanish publication instead claims that RB Leipzig forward Dani Olmo is the No.1 target of Barcelona chiefs Mateu Alemany and Ramon Planes.
The 23-year-old has 16 international caps for Spain and his versatility is said to represent a major attraction and the player, who is contracted until 2024, is reported to be keen on returning to Barcelona having spent seven years in the club’s academy.
Barcelona are also said to be continuing to monitor the situation of Raheem Sterling who has started only one of Manchester City’s last five games in all competitions.
The 26-year-old is no closer to signing an extension to a contract that is due to expire in 18 months’ time and has recently spoken of his desire to play abroad at some stage in his career.