Barcelona preparing sensational €120m double Premier League swoop – reports
Barcelona are targeting Premier League stars Aaron Ramsey and John Stones in a double deal that could cost the Catalan giants €120m.
The La Liga giants have been prevented from making signings in the last two transfer windows after being found guilty of irregularities, but have focused their attentions on Welsh international Ramsey and Everton’s highly sought-after Stones.
25-year-old Ramsey is a favourite of Barca manager Luis Enrique according to The Sunday Express and the paper suggests that a £50m (€66m) offer is on the cards.
Ramsey joined the club from Cardiff City in 2008 for £4.8m has been in excellent form as the Gunners chase a first league title since 2004.
The reigning La Liga champions are also interested in Toffees star Stones. The 21-year-old looked certain to join Chelsea in the summer, but three separate bids of £20m, £26m and £30m were all rejected by the Merseysiders.
Everton are believed to be holding out for a figure closer to £40m (€53m) for the ball-playing centre half.
Earlier this season Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said Stones is already one of the best defenders in the world and the club are thought to be keen to pair the two together at the heart of the Barcelona defence.