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Barcelona target Ciro Immobile and Fernando Llorente

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Barcelona are planning a Serie A raid as they look to bolster their attacking options, and are targeting Ciro Immobile and Fernando Llorente, according to reports.

Immobile has been in the form of his life, as he shot to the top of the Serie A scoring charts with 22 goals. His performances with Torino have seen him muscle his way into the Italy squad for the upcoming World Cup.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of top European clubs, with Dortmund and La Liga winners Atletico Madrid said to also be interested. And according to Tuttosport, Barcelona have jumped to the top of this ever-growing list.

Immobile is co-owned by both Torino and Juventus, meaning Barcelona will need to make an offer to both clubs in order to secure his signature.

It may be difficult however to wrestle the Italian striker away from Juventus, with the Turin giants likely to hold on to him after returning from Torino. This opens the door for a player like Llorente to leave the club.

Llorente is a man who knows La Liga well, having made 333 appearances for Athletic Bilbao, where he scored an impressive 118 goals.

The striker has not enjoyed the best of debut seasons, but still notched 18 goals for Juventus this year and made his way into the Spanish preliminary World Cup squad.

Both Llorente and Immobile are tall, strong, archetypal strikers, with whom Barcelona tend not to associate.

Signing forwards of this ilk may be the first indication of a change in style promised by new manger Luis Enrique.

Over the past few seasons, Barcelona have neglected to play without a traditional striker, opting for a deep lying forward normally occupied by Lionel Messi.

Enrique played with an archetypal striker during his days at Celta de Vigo and may be looking to do the same at Barcelona.

Barcelona have come up short in front of goal this season in comparison to last year, scoring 15 goals less than their title winning season.

Los Blaugrana have become reliant on Lionel Messi for goals, and struggled when his form dipped, often squeezing through matches by the slightest of margins.

He missed two months of the season with a hamstring injury should Messi be sidelined in the future, Barca will be in need of top quality cover.

The Argentine is the only striker the club have, with Neymar and Fabregas also able to operate in a central role, although not naturally.


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