FC Barcelona are closely monitoring Girona left winger Savio, who they could look to sign next summer according to SPORT.
The Catalans need to strengthen the left wing where their only natural option at the minute is Atletico Madrid loanee Joao Felix.
The Portuguese could make his stay in Catalonia permanent after June 30, 2024 when his temporary assignment finishes, but Barca will be expected to hand over at least $84.5 million (€80 million) to the club from the Spanish capital for this to become a reality.
Even if Felix were to stay, however, which is the wish of both the player and the powers that be at the Montjuic Stadium, his is still an area of the pitch where the Blaugrana are currently undermanned.
Ansu Fati left for Brighton on loan days ahead of Felix landing, and EZ Abde decided to end his constant quest for minutes by signing for Real Betis.
This development has led sporting director Deco to look elsewhere for reinforcements, and he has reportedly been impressed by Girona wideman Savio.
Also known as Savinho, the Brazilian on loan from Troyes has proven one of the breakout stars of the 2023/2024 season thus far where he three goals and four assists have helped Girona do the unthinkable and currently tie leaders Real Madrid on points at the top of La Liga.
Brazil-born Deco has been aware of Savio since he made his Atletico Mineiro debut as a 16-year-old and admires him for his one-on-one skills, tactical versatility, and the strength of his left foot.
As is often the case, however, dilly-dallying on Savio and not making a move sooner has seen his price tag rise.
As observed by SPORT, it has now quadrupled to around $21.1 million (€2o million) which would still be affordable by Barca approaching 2024/2025.
In the rear-view mirror are Manchester City, however, who would have an advantage over the Catalans at the negotiation table.
This is not just because of their much healthier financial situation, but also the fact that both Girona and Troyes, where Savio’s contract expires in 2027, form part of the City Group.