Another year, another Gunner on the move to the Blaugrana?
Marca reports that the Barca technical team believes that Laurent Koscielny has the perfect profile to play as a centre-back at the Camp Nou.
After Sport broke the news in Spain, Goal reported that Koscielny's representative Stephane Courbis told French media that his agent was "part of a shortlist of three or four players" for both Barcelona and Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.
The news should not be much of a surprise given the Frenchman's stellar year, which demonstrated he is among the best central defenders in England. Of those defenders, including Daniel Agger and the likes of Vincent Kompany, Koscielny is best suited to Barcelona's game.
Most Barca fans would remember his outstanding performance against Lionel Messi and co. at the Emirates in 2011.
The Frenchman showed exactly the sort of proactive defensive approach which has made Carles Puyol the best defender at the Camp Nou over the past decade.
The Necessity (9.5/10)
As already mentioned, Barcelona desperately needs a centre-back and particularly one of Koscielny's particular profile.
The Frenchman has pace, quality on the ball, aerial prowess and best of all exceptionally pure defensive skills.
His preference for an aggressive approach, coming off the defensive line is not dissimilar to Puyol and would suit Gerard Piqué nicely.
The Odds (6.5/10)
This is definitely one to watch.
If Koscielny's agent is to be believed, then the Frenchman would be a favourite, along with younger options Inigo Martinez and Brazilian Marquinhos, to join Tito Vilanova's side this summer.
Arsene Wenger, however, would be seriously reluctant to let go of his best defender.
Goal reports that Arsenal has valued Koscielny at 23.5 million in an effort to ward off interest.
The Catalans can be encouraged by Koscielny's own words, when he spoke to Eurosport earlier in June.
"I have to see if clubs [are] interested. I will not go to any club. I want to maybe discover another league. It is hard to not win titles year after year. I want to add to my list of achievements. If Arsenal cannot allow me that, I'll seek a move elsewhere."