Barcelona's summer transfer window looks like it is about to take a very unexpected twist.
It has been well-documented that the Blaugrana will be very active in the market after a pretty disastrous end to their season.
Frenkie de Jong will arrive shortly and he was expected to be followed by international colleague Matthijs de Ligt and Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti were rumoured to be high-profile players that would be offloaded to fund the deals.
However, it seems Barca are looking elsewhere now after struggling to get the two transfers over the line.
- Ramos wants Real to let him leave for China on a free
- Man Utd have now spent £30m on Sanchez's wages
- Mike Ashley agrees £350m takeover of Newcastle
Journalist Gerard Romero tweeted last night that Barca are considering Plan Bs for both Griezmann and De Ligt.
Barca feel the demands for De Ligt from his agent Mino Raiola are simply too much.
They've also been put off by bids from both Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
As for Griezmann, the club appear to have lost interest in the French superstar and are already in advanced talks to sign a new, versatile attacker.
Who it could be is another mystery entirely, with so many forwards currently on the market.
Journalist Jonas Giaever interestingly pointed out last night that Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno appeared to hint on Instagram that he will be leaving Los Che in the summer.
He would certainly be a far cheaper option than Griezmann...
There are also other more youthful options on the market such as Joao Felix, Luka Jovic and Nicolas Pepe.
As for a defender, it is unknown who Barca will pursue after being priced out any move for De Ligt.
It's set to be an interesting few months in for the Catalan side.News Now - Sport News