Barca linked with Sissoko raid
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports in Spain claim Barcelona have targeted Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko.
Reports in the Catalan press claim that Barcelona have included Liverpool's Mohamed Sissoko on a four-man shortlist as they look to strengthen their midfield.
According to Catalan daily Sport, Los Cules are keen to recruit a ball-winning midfielder in the Edgar Davids mould in time for next season.
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain has been charged with the task of bolstering Barca's options, and Sissoko, along with Valencia's David Albelda, Atletico Madrid's Peter Luccin and Yaya Toure of Monaco have all reportedly fallen under his gaze.
The dethroned European Champions appear to have little chance of coaxing Xabi Alonso from Anfield and could now try and bring Sissoko back to Spain where he previously enjoyed a spell with Valencia.
The Mali international performed superbly across both legs as The Reds knocked Barca out of the UEFA Champions League and his strong displays appear not to have gone unnoticed.
However Begiristain was reluctant to comment on specific names when quizzed on his recruitment plans.
"We are working for the next campaign but we will never talk about names in advance," Begiristain told Sport.
"It is logical because the speculation transmits to the press."