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Barcelona Scout 2 Premier League Forwards During Busy Week of Champions League Action

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has been a busy man this week if reports are to be believed, with trips to Madrid and Lisbon on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively to take a closer look at two potential attacking targets currently with Premier League clubs.

With Barça needing a new forward, Mundo Deportivo (MD) reports that Fernandez was in attendance at the Bernabeu this week to watch Tottenham star Harry Kane in action.

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League

The England international, who has won the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the last two seasons, is also apparently a target for Real Madrid. Prising him away might be difficult, though, with suggestions that Spurs value him at more than the €222m Neymar was sold for.

Barça brought in Ousmane Demebele for €105m in the wake of Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, but the French international, who won’t be seen again until the New Year as a result of injury, isn’t the prolific goalscorer that Neymar was and could be.

Just 24 hours after sitting in the stands in Madrid, Fernandez was in Portugal after catching a flight to Lisbon where he watched Benfica host Manchester United.

MD’s report suggests that the subject of that visit was Anthony Martial, a player who has been in resurgent form this season, even if he hasn’t been a regular starter in Jose Mourinho’s side.

Manchester United v Burton Albion - Carabao Cup Third Round

Martial was a substitute once more at the Estadio da Luz, a game which United won 1-0 as a result of a goalkeeping error, but he replaced goalscorer Marcus Rashford in the closing stages.

Martial was signed from Monaco in 2015 for a package worth a total of €80m after various add-ons and bonuses had been taken into account. He finished his debut season as the club’s top scorer and is now returning to his best form after a difficult second campaign in 2016/17. 

Source : 90MIN

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