​Barcelona need to usher in a goalscoring backup to Luis Suarez within the January switch window, with Girona’s veteran star Cristhian Stuani prime of their brief checklist. 

The 32-year-old had solely as soon as hit double figures in a prime flight season in his profession – 12 with Espanyol in 2014/15 – till he moved from Middlesbrough to Girona 18 months in the past, turning into a late-career revelation within the type of Aritz Aduriz and Ruben Castro. 

​Sport report that the Catalan facet are contemplating activating Stuani’s launch clause, which is ready at simply €15m, as they give the impression of being so as to add depth to their squad for a deep problem in all competitions. 

Since arriving on the Estadi Montilivi, Stuani’s 33 objectives in 50 video games have marked him as one of many league’s prime marksmen – ending behind solely ​Lionel Messi​Cristiano Ronaldo and ​Luis Suarez, naturally, in addition to Iago Aspas within the league’s goalscoring charts final season. 

The Uruguayan hasn’t slowed down this season both, trailing solely the ​Barcelona pair of Messi and Suarez with 12 objectives on the season’s midway level.

The departure of Munir to Sevilla final week has sharpened Barcelona’s focus available in the market, placing them ready the place their want for a ahead is sort of plain – regardless that they’re kind of unable – and definitely unwilling – to pay the massive ticket worth on a extra marketable identify. 

At this midway level of the season, Ernesto Valverde’s facet are the overwhelming favourites to retain their Primera Division crown, sitting 5 factors forward of an Atletico Madrid facet who could effectively focus extra closely on Champions League development, and a full ten factors forward of Sevilla and ​Real Madrid in third and fourth.

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