Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo believe that the Fiorentina playmaker is one of a number of players being targeted by the Camp Nou club to fill the gap left by the youngster.
Thiago is set to join Manchester United in an €18m move, and the paper insist that the Viola man is currently being sounded out by the Barca board.
They may also choose to promote Sergi Roberto to an increased role in the first team.
Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic is set to return to former club Real Valladolid for defender Antonio Rukavina.
Djukic begins his new job as Valencia Coach today but has already indicated his intentions to the club’s hierarchy regarding signings, including making a move for Rukavina.
Reports in the Spanish Press claim Los Che have already been in contact with Valladolid by phone to ask about the Serbian international’s situation at the Jose Zorrilla, although a formal offer for the 29-year-old is yet to be made.
Fellow Serb Djukic was impressed with his countryman’s form in La Primera last term and sees him as the ideal player to give Joao Perreira competition for the right-back spot at Mestalla.
Rukavina was signed by Valladolid before the start of the 2012-13 campaign following his release by 1860 Munich after three years with the Bundesliga outfit.
He has previously played for Partizan Belgrade and Borussia Dortmund, having started his career as a youngster at FK Bezanija in his native country.
Sevilla winger Diego Perotti has admitted that striker Alvaro Negredo is on his way out of the Sanchez Pizjuan.
Negredo has been linked with move to Manchester City and Atletico Madrid over the past weeks, but Argentine international Perotti [pictured, right] believes it is now inevitable he will follow Jesus Navas to the Etihad Stadium.
“Jesus Navas has gone and it’s hard on us, but I’m happy for him because it was time for him to move on and face new challenges.
“What we are seeing, although nothing has been made official yet, is that it looks as if Alvaro Negredo, another very important player for us, will also be leaving,” he told Cadena Cope.
“We don’t know how things will go as we face the new season with so many major changes, although it’s not exactly a doubt but a new era in which we hope things will go well.”
Malaga midfielder Eliseu has been offered to Serie A club Genoa, according to Italian newspaper Secolo XIX.
The Portuguese still has a year left on his contract at La Rosaleda and will be permitted to talk to other clubs next January.
However, the Costa del Sol outfit are looking to avoid him leaving on a free transfer next summer and, despite reported interest from Benfica over the past 12 months, have informed Genoa that Eliseu will be allowed to leave.
“It’s true. Malaga offered us Eliseu 10 days ago,” confirmed Genoa director of football Daniele Delli Carri.
Eliseu is currently with the Malaga squad in Germany as part of Los Blanquiazules pre-season preparations, where he will work less intensively than the rest of Bernd Schuster’s players as he is still troubled by a knee injury he picked up last term.
The 29-year-old recently expressed a desire to leave Malaga, claiming his heart was set on a return to his native Portugal with Benfica.
Osasuna have made an approach for Sevilla defender Juan Cala, according to Marca.
The Andalusians themselves are understood to be interested in the Pamplona club’s highly-rated centre-back Alejandro Arribas, yet the €5m release clause in the player’s contract appears to have put them off.
However, Osasuna may be prepared to do business if Cala [pictured] becomes the makeweight in any deal as boss Jose Luis Mendilibar sees it as a like-for-like exchange.
Spain Under-19 international Cala, 23, made just 10 appearances for Los Nervionenses last term and in principal is part of boss Unai Emery’s plans for next season, although he has struggled to hold down a regular place at the Sanchez Pizjuan since returning from a six-month loan spell with AEK Athens in January 2012.
Malaga could turn to Torino striker Rolando Bianchi if they are unsuccessful in an attempt to bring Niklas Bendtner to La Rosaleda.
Nonetheless, he would need to accept a much-reduced salary from the one he is used to in England, with a report in El Desmarque claiming Bianchi has been offered to Malaga if their pursuit of the Danish international is unsuccessful.
As in Bendtner’s case, Bianchi would command high wages, way above what Los Blanquiazules see as their new pay limit, although the 30-year-old would come on a free transfer as he is out of contract.
Bianchi, who was loaned to Lazio in his first year with Torino, has been at the club since being signed from Manchester City in August 2008 and has scored 71 goals in 168 appearances, including 11 in 32 Serie A games last term after promotion the previous season.
Asier Illarramendi will wear Kaka’s No 8 shirt once his expected move to Real Madrid is finalised, according to Marca.
The Real Sociedad midfielder wore the same number shirt at Anoeta last term and is expected to don the jersey vacated by Brazilian international Kaka, who is understood to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu by new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Los Blancos have already revealed which numbers new signings Isco and Dani Carvajal will be sporting on their backs next season following their presentations – No 23 and No 15 respectively.