Barcelona are going head-to-head with arch-rivals Real Madrid for new goalscoring sensation Santiago Jimenez.
The 22-year-old Mexican striker has scored 13 goals in 10 Eredivisie games for Feyenoord this season and is already in the sights of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Real Madrid are currently the most persistent in their pursuit of the player, and according to ESPN, Barcelona are also ready to move and bring him.
According to the publication, people in the management of the Catalans find a lot of similarities between Jimenez and the Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who scored 195 goals in 283 games for the “Blaugranas” between 2014 and 2020.
The Catalan club could face some hurdles in their bid to land Jimenez, as the club have already agreed an initial €30 million deal for Atletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque, which could be doubled.
Roque is expected to join the club in January or next summer to provide support for Robert Lewandowski. In addition, the current priority of coach Xavi is to find an inside midfielder and two full-backs. Barça’s financial situation is also not flourishing.
Jimenez has a contract with Feyenoord until 2027 and at this stage Feyenoord are ready to part with him for no less than €50-55 million. for his services. Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are also in the mix and could make a big-money bid to bring the forward to north London as Harry Kane’s replacement.