Celtic hero wanted by Barcelona star

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves has backed a possible move for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster after his magnificent displays against the Catalan giants in the Champions League.

Quoted in the Daily Record, the Brazil international lavished praised on Forster and revealed he believed the Englishman could end up being a good replacement for Victor Valdes, who is expected to depart Camp Nou this summer when his contract expires.

Celtic pulled off a memorable win over Barcelona in last season's Champions League group stage, pulling off a 2-1 victory at Celtic Park, and Forster played out of his skin to keep out the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas.

However, the Scottish champions could not repeat the feat last week in a 1-0 win for a Messi-less Barcelona thanks to a Fabregas header with 15 minutes remaining.

Despite the loss, Forster once again received a great deal of praise for making a series of unlikely saves and Alves admitted he could see the England international in a Barcelona shirt one day.

“Only the club can answer how accurate the reports are on the interest in Forster but if they are true it doesn’t surprise me," he said.

“We have played Celtic three times in a year now and each time Forster has been fantastic.

“He has had to deal with the best attacking players in the world and each time he has done very well – even in the games Celtic lost.

“Barcelona are a club that are always looking to add quality and it’s clear Forster has real quality.

“Obviously no transfers can be done at the moment – but if it is a deal that ever happens then he’d be a good addition.”

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