Barça have held talks with Sassulo about signing Jeremie Boga

Barça have held talks with Sassulo about signing Jeremie Boga

El gol de Jérémie Boga al Lyon cuando jugaba en el Rennais / | YOUTUBE

The forward is a backup option in case the club don't land their top targets

It was going to be a complicated summer for Barcelona because of their need to sell to buy but it could now be even more difficult due to the coronavirus crisis. 

Barça know it will be tough to bring in the 130 million euros they wanted to fund a spending spree and that could lead them to target other players if they can't afford their first targets. 

One player on their list of alternative candidates is the Sassuolo player Jeremie Boga, formerly of Chelsea. 

Barça and Sassuolo have a collaboration agreement signed two years ago. It gives the Catalan club priority on the Italian team's players, while Italians have a preference on young Blaugrana players. 

So far, Barça took Kevin Prince Boateng on loan from Sassulo while Marlon has moved in the other direction. 

This season, Barça have been following the development of Boga, who has scored eight goals. Signed from Chelsea for 3.5 million euros, he's become one of most exciting attacking players in Serie A. 

In Italy, there are reports that Napoli are also after him. In England, it's been said that Chelsea also want him back -- and that they have first refusal. 

If Barça can't land their top targets, they could look to do a player exchange deal with Sassuolo, sending some of the club's young stars to Italy in exchange for Boga. 

Sources at the Catalan club tell SPORT that nothing has been closed and they're only studying possible operations with Sassuolo. The Italians have asked about several young Barça players. 

Napoli, meanwhile, according to reports, are ready to offer 20 million euros. Inter have also been linked, as have Lyon and Lille in France. 

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