Alan Pardew is set to do battle with Spanish giants Barcelona this summer, in a bid to rejuvenate his Newcastle United side.
Pardew is reportedly eyeing up a move for Columbian international striker Victor Ibarbo, but faces competition from the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Napoli.
The £8million rated Cagliari forward has impressed in Serie A since his move from Uruguay’s Nacional in 2011, and could be set to use this summer's World Cup as a platform to persuade his potential suitors he has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Cagliari’s sporting director Nicola Salerno said: “There’s interest in Victor from England, and that will extend if he shines in Brazil. There are some inquiries for him from big teams.”
Pardew is set to lose three strikers next month with veteran Shola Ameobi leaving the club after 14 years service, whilst loan stars Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong are set to return to QPR and Borussia Mönchengladbach respectively.
24-year-old Ibarbo could be seen as an ideal replacement due to his relatively low asking price, however if the striker shines in Brazil as his nation come up against the Ivory Coast, Greece and Japan, the forward may become subject of a bidding war.
Ibarbo may have the chance to impress against some of his potential Premier League opponents as well, with his nation facing a real possibility of a second-round tie against England.