Barca target Diop, Kehrer

Barcelona are contemplating a double swoop for Toulouse defender Issa Diop (pictured) and Schalke youngster Thilo Kehrer to upgrade their defence.

The reports in Diario Sport believe the interest comes among growing concern that Samuel Umtiti will leave the club this summer, with Thomas Vermaelen also expected to depart.

France Under-21 international Diop has a €25m price tag has grown into a key component of Toulouse’s defence, with 85 first-team appearances and a growing reputation.

However, Barca are said to hold an even stronger interest in Kehrer, 21, who has surpassed 50 first-team appearances for the Bundesliga club.

Umtiti has a €60m release clause at the Camp Nou with reported growing concerns that he will now renew his deal with the Blaugrana.

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