Barcelona ‘turn to’ Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals

Barcelona will turn to Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals as an affordable alternative to other transfer targets, according to Marca.

The Madrid-daily claim the Spanish midfielder has a €25m release clause at the Yellow Submarine but other reports argue it is set at €30m.

The interest has reportedly been generated as Barca have been quoted at €50m by Ajax for prime midfield transfer target Frenkie de Jong.

Earlier this month, Cadena Ser stated the Spaniard rejected offers from Fulham and West Ham because does not want to ‘abandon his team in the situation in which it is currently’.

Javi Calleja’s side won their first home game of the season on Sunday against Real Betis as they climbed into the relative safety of mid-table in a packed La Liga.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the former Malaga midfielder, who joined Villarreal in 2017.

Barca's need for reinforcing their midfield has been increased due to Rafinha Alcantara's season-ending injury, while Sergi Roberto is out for a month.

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