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FC Barcelona have opened talks with Palmeiras to sign highly-rated midfielder Matheus Fernandes, according to reports in Brazil’s press.

Globo Esporte said that the Catalan giants are in the market for a defensive midfielder, a role in which Fernandes shone during the latter stages of the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season.

Barcelona were also linked with the 21-year-old in 2017 following a breakthrough campaign with Botafogo’s first team.

Fernandez would be the third Brazilian in Barcelona’s squad, joining midfielder Arthur and goalkeeper Neto.

Spain’s winter transfer window closes on January 31. Barcelona currently lead the 20-team La Liga standings, equal on points with Real Madrid but with a superior goal difference. Enditem

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