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Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto picked up injuries last month, while Samuel Umtiti, who hasn’t featured for Barcelona this season, is yet to regain full fitness. The La Liga side have Eric García as their main defensive target in January and are aware Manchester City will not make it easy for them to sign the Spaniard.
Ronald Koeman’s side are looking at other alternatives and Hoffenheim’s Melayro Bogarde has emerged as an option, according to Sport. Bogarde has three appearances this season, including two starts in the Europa League, and his ability to operate as both centre-back and right-back makes him ‘more valuable’ for the Camp Nou side.
For Barca, the operation isn’t easy because the teenager has ‘aroused interest’ from half of Europe. Manchester City, Real Madrid and AC Milan are chasing the versatile player. As per the report, City made an offer for the Hoffenheim player, but he has ‘rejected’ the first proposal from Pep Guardiola’s side.