Barca eyeing Real's Bravo
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The furore surrounding Aitor Karanka and his refusal to sign a new contract, in addition to Ivan Campo's panic attacks forcing him to seek help have seen Bravo called up to the first team at Santiago Bernabeu.
However, what really impresses Barca about Bravo is his versatility, as he can also play on the left side of the defence, a known problem position.
Indeed with Sergi Barjuan in the autumnal stages of his career, both flanks of the Catalunyan backline is looking wafer thin, as on the left Barca admit that Francesco Coco is highly unlikely to stay with them next season.
Joan Gaspart's club have already made discreet enquiries into how much Real would want for Bravo, although they will face competition from a number of other La Liga sides.
Bravo's agent Alexander Camano has been fingered as the man behind these moves but Real insist that he is not transferable.
Barca believe that Bravo compares well with Carles Puyol, who has shown the type of form he is capable of at Camp Nou this season and their offer of first team football could tempt the defender who will still be Roberto Carlos's reserve next season.
The main problem for Barca is that Bravo has been told he is in Real's long-term plans and is believed to be close to signing a new contract for Vicente Del Bosque's side and it unlikely that they would be able to lure him away from Madrid.