Barcelona are planning to join the race for Juventus midfielder Tiago.

Barca see the former Chelsea favourite as the player to fill the void left by Edgar Davids several years ago. Barca directors accept they've never truly replaced the Dutchman and are considering Tiago as the man to solve their problems.

However, after earlier this season indicating he was ready to cut loose Tiago, Juve coach Claudio Ranieri is beginning to be won over by the Portuguese and may seek to block the midfielder's sale in January.