Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and technical director Robert Fernandez despatched scout Ariedo Braida to look at Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen remaining Friday.
Their number one goal used to be Leon Goretzka, the 22-year-old Schalke winger whose contract is up on the finish of the season.
But Braida used to be additionally eyeing up a bunch on younger avid gamers having conceded a transfer for Goretzka might be tough.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Braida looked at Leverkusen duo Julian Brandt and Benjamin Henrichs.
He additionally sought after to watch Max Meyer however the Schalke gem simplest controlled to come back off the bench with a minute final.
Brandt is a complete Germany global and tipped to turn into a standard for the nationwide facet in years yet to come.
The 21-year-old winger has scored two times for Bayer this season, already midway to his tally for the entire of remaining time period.
Mundo Deportivo declare Fernandez is excited to cause Brandt’s £26.6million (€30m) liberate clause to snap up the teenager.
Defender Henrichs can be a long-term strategy to Barcelona’s full-back issues if he’s snapped up both in January or the summer season.
The 20-year-old additionally earned his first Germany cap lately and is a standard in Bayer’s first XI.
As for Meyer, he used to be connected with Liverpool in the summertime as a imaginable alternative for Philippe Coutinho if Barcelona had signed the Brazilian.
Schalke battled arduous to stay their academy product, who rejected a brand new contract in June.
The passion within the trio comes after Braida himself showed a transfer for Goretzka is a no-go.
“He is certainly a great player, but for Barcelona it is too soon,” Braida stated. “I travel around the world in search of great talent, but our demands are extremely high.”