French striker Gignac on Barcelona’s transfer radar

Barcelona, Aug 1 (IANS) French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is currently playing for Mexican side Tigres UANL, is being targeted by Spanish football champions Barcelona, who seek to support their attacking lines, according to media reports.

Catalan newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported on Monday that Barcelona’s sporting director Roberto Fernandez has spoken with the Frenchman and his club to see if there is a possibility of hiring his services.

Gignac, 30, who played with France in Euro 2016, is one of the favourites to join Barcelona on the bench as a substitute for the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Lui Suarez and Neymar, reports Efe.

El Mundo Deportivo explained that Barcelona’s list of interests also includes the Croatian Mario Mandzukic of Juventus, Germany’s Mario Gomez of Fiorentina and Colombian Carlos Bacca of AC Milan.

In the meantime, Roberto Fernandez is touring Latin America in search of a striker that will complete the missing spot in Luis Enrique’s squad before the beginning of the new season.

Gignac started off his career in FC Lorient for three seasons, and then he moved for four seasons to Toulouse, then to Marseille for five seasons, before heading to Mexico, where he scored 33 goals with Tigres UANL in 50 games in the 2015-16 season.



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