Barcelona are set to make a shock approach for veteran forward Ricardo Oliveira when their transfer ban is lifted in January.
As reported by Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, and relayed by the Daily Mirror, it is believed that the former Valencia striker could be making an unexpected return to La Liga.
The 35-year-old is currently plying his trade for Santos in his homeland of Brazil but who could turn down a move to the Nou Camp?
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Earlier this month, Oliveira received his first Brazil call-up for eight years, and now it appears that the twilight years of his career could glow brighter yet.
His agent, Roberto de Assis Moreira – who is Ronaldinho’s brother – has also reportedly said that he sees his player going to Barca.
The Catalan club are still serving a transfer ban issued by FIFA for their breaching of rules relating to the transfer of players under the age of 18.
Nevertheless, Luis Enrique still managed to keep himself busy in the transfer market last summer with the provisional signings of Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan made, with both players unable to officially join or play for the club until 2016.
A small squad has been shown to be even more fragile following injuries to Lionel Messi and Rafinha so Enrique will no doubt be counting down the days until the ban is lifted.
Barca fans: Do you think that Oliveira would be a good squad player? Have your say in the comments section below!