Barca president Sandro Rosell admits the Spanish giants want to bring in a ‘German player’ this summer.
Rumours that Barcelona are preparing a transfer swoop for Germany and Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels have become increasingly evident by their president’s comments about the Catalans’ transfer plans.
Hummels has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp for some time and now club president Sandro Rosell has further added to that speculation.
“There is a German player I like a lot, but I can not say his name because if you end up going for it [his] price increases,” Rosell was quoted on Spanish website Marca.com.
Although the president failed to confirm the player he was bidding for, Hummels is widely regarded as the likely target after the German international confirmed he would be interested in a move to Spain.
“I would turn down about 99.9 percent of all the clubs in the world if they approached us,” the 24-year-old said on goal.com.
“However, Barcelona are one out of two or three teams that would make me consider a summer transfer.”
Although Hummels is contracted at Dortmund until 2017, the German champions are likely to be tempted by a large bid from the La Liga leaders – website transfermarkt.co.uk values the player at £21million.
With captain Carles Puyol coming towards the end of his career and Javier Mascherano more of a makeshift defender, Barca are likely to be needing a centre-back of international quality to come into the side.
Hummels has this in abundance, as despite only being in his mid-20s he has already played 15 times for his country and established himself as a first-team regular, as well as being a constant presence in the Dortmund side since his move there in 2007.