Barcelona in talks for full-back Diego Palacios

Barcelona are monitoring a potential deal for Ecuadorian full-back Diego Palacios, who spent last season on loan at Willem II.

Diario Sport say that the Blaugrana are one of three clubs keeping tabs on the 19-year-old along with Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

Palacios has impressed at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup for his nation and he has helped them to a quarter-final place, alerting attention from the clubs.

Barca are using the Eredivisie strongly for recruitment purposes this summer having already signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax and Ludovit Reis from FC Groningen.

The Catalan giants are said to be in talks with Ecuadorian team SD Aucas – the player’s parent club – although Der Gerderlander in the Netherlands say PSV are in advanced negotiations for the left-back.

Nicknamed El Chiqui, the defender impressed on a season-long loan deal in the Dutch top flight with Willem II and he won his first senior international cap last year in a friendly against Qatar.

Transfermarkt say that Palacios has a transfer market value of €1.5m.

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