Barcelona to target Newcastle's Ayoze Perez

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Barcelona may have one of the most fearsome frontline's in history but that hasn't stopped them looking for alternative options this summer.

The Spanish champions were thought to be in advanced talks to sign Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla but Atletico Madrid's offer - which includes loaning Luciano Vietto in the other direction - is preferred by the striker's current club.

Barcelona have since had to expand their list of targets and Sporting Director Robert Fernandez has suggested a very surprising choice, according to the Daily Mail.

With so many forwards put off by the thought of having to compete with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for a starting role, Barcelona have had to widen their search beyond the biggest players known across Europe.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez is the latest name to be thrown in the ring as a possible backup to Luis Enrique's 'MSN'.

Barcelona are hoping the prospect of a return back to his native Spain will be enough to tempt the 24-year-old into a move even though he is currently happy working with Rafael Benitez at St James' Park.

Perez has not been deterred by Newcastle's relegation and Benitez is likely to be reluctant to see another star man leave following the departures of Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend and Papiss Cisse.

The same report has not speculated how much it could cost to sign the striker but Perez did sign a new long-term deal in January which is set to run until the summer of 2021 - giving Benitez and Newcastle plenty of power to demand a substantial fee.

Should Barcelona fail to land Perez, they are thought to also be considering Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette, Mario Gomez and Lucas Perez.

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