Toulouse Defender Aymen Abdennour Claims Barcelona Interest

John Baines@@bainesyDiego10Correspondent IMarch 20, 2013

Abdennour alerted by Barcelona interest
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Toulouse's Tunisian international defender Aymen Abdennour claims Barcelona are interested in signing him this summer, and even invited him to watch their recent Champions League quarterfinal clash with AC Milan at the Camp Nou (RMC via

The 23-year-old has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain (via talkSPORT), but the player himself declared the Catalans overtures while speaking on RMC:

I know that Barcelona are following me and at least four other defenders. If there is an offer from them at the end of the season then I will not say no, but it is for Toulouse's president to decide.

Abdennour can play in either the centre of defence or at left-back and his impressive form in Ligue 1 has alerted a host of European clubs to his presence.

The claims look speculative to me, but that did not stop the former Werder Bremen loanee admitting Barca asked him along to their recent tussle with Milan.

Abdennour says he stayed behind at his club to train, and whether that gesture turns into a concrete offer remains to be seen.

Despite leading La Liga by 13 points, it is highly likely Barca will make a move for a top-class defender this summer with Carles Puyol approaching 35 and a lack of recognised centre-backs aside from the skipper and Gerard Pique at the club.

Javier Mascherano has ably filled in throughout much of his time at the Camp Nou, but recent high-profile defeats to Real Madrid have amplified the need to strengthen in that department.

Although Abdennour is enjoying a fine season with Toulouse, the step up to Barcelona seems a long way at present and his lack of European pedigree should be a concern for Los Cules.

However, Raphael Varane's emergence in Madrid shows that talent can mask inexperience and if Abdennour was to arrive, it could prove an astute acquisition alongside a proven international stopper.

So which defenders should Barcelona make advances for this summer? Would Abdennour be a decent capture alongside someone like Mats Hummels?

Let me know your thoughts below.


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