Barcelona sporting director travels to Germany to watch Joshua Kimmich

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Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has travelled to Germany to run the rule over Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich.

This is according to Catalan newspaper Sport, who understand Fernandez is keen to watch Kimmich in a big game to see how far the 21-year-old has evolved.

Kimmich is expected to line-up alongside Mehdi Benatia at the heart of Bayern’s defence against Juventus this evening, as the German giants aim to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.


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Fernandez, according to Sport’s report, believes Kimmich could be the perfect long-term replacement for Javier Mascherano due to his impressive versatility.

The Germany Under-21 international is a midfielder by trade but has been converted into a central defender by former Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona's dream signing is David Alaba

It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona’s dream summer signing isn’t Kimmich but, rather, one of his Bayern Munich teammates.

David Alaba is also expected to be watched by Fernandez tonight, although the Austria international has demonstrated his quality in countless big matches over recent seasons.

In any case, Barcelona expect Alaba to put pen-to-paper on a new contract at the Allianz Arena. Barca are acutely aware that they stand little chance of bringing the 23-year-old to the Camp Nou this summer.

Barcelona also keen on Paulo Dybala

Another player Fernandez was hoping to watch tonight was Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, who has been tracked by Barcelona this season.

The Argentine forward has scored 18 goals in 39 appearances for the Old Lady this season, including one against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 first leg back in February 23, but suffered an injury against Sassuolo last Friday night.

Bayern led 2-0 after 55 minutes thanks to goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben, but Dybala and Stefano Sturaro both struck to give Juventus hope heading into the second leg.

Dybala’s absence will be a boost for Bayern Munich, although Kimmich will still need to be on top form to deny the likes of Alvaro Morata and, if he’s fit enough to play, Mario Mandzukic.

Pep recently hailed Kimmich

Kimmich was the player who was filmed getting a talking to, on the pitch, by an animated Guardiola after Bayern Munich’s 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park earlier this month.

It initially looked like Guardiola was giving the youngster a public dressing down; however, the future Manchester City boss denied this was the case and heaped praise on the defender.

"Don’t ever say he can’t play in defence,’ Guardiola was quoted as saying by the Mirror following Kimmich’s faultless display. "I just love this kid. He has everything. He played an outstanding game."

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