Valencia goalkeeper Vincente Guaita is emerging as Barcelona's prime choice to replace Victor Valdes.

A raft of keeper names have been linked with Barca since Valdes declared his intention not to discuss a new contract.

However, it's emerged that Barca scout Narcis Julia, who is sports director Andoni Zubizarreta's right-hand man, has attended several Valencia games in recent weeks to run the rule over Guaita.

Barca have already opened talks with Los Che about a fee for the shot-stopper.