Matip wanted by Barca

Barcelona have identified Schalke defender Joel Matip as a possible signing for the future.

The Catalans are said to be attracted to Matip’s potential and what would likely be a relatively low transfer fee, AS has reported.

Claims from Germany however say Matip is valued by his club at €11m and has a contract until 2016, signed in January 2012. The player has also been linked to Everton.

Barca believe Matip has the quality to play for the club but view the 22-year-old as a player for the future.

Born in Bochum in Germany, Matip is a Cameroon international and has spent his entire senior career at Schalke.

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