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Barcelona challenge Atletico Madrid for Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno

Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno is interesting Barcelona.

he Catalans' priority is Robert Lewandowski, but the club are also keeping an eye on other options in case a deal becomes too complicated.

Moreno fits Xavi's sporting prerequisites as a top striker who can make the difference up front.

Barcelona want a big signing in that position and Moreno has a contract until 2027 with a release clause of 100m euros, says Sport.

Villarreal are willing to negotiate and would accept around 40m euros, which is what Barcelona are planning to spend on Lewandowski.

Moreno's name has been put on the table but there has been no further movement. The player is calm, contemplating his future at Villarreal.

The signing will not be easy because there are other interested clubs. In this sense Atletico Madrid are also interested as they look for a Luis Suarez replacement.

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