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Report: LAFC striker Carlos Vela in Barcelona’s sights

Yeah, but don’t believe everything you read.

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There have been some reports that Los Angeles Football Club striker and Mexican international Carlos Vela is on the radar of Barcelona.

Because the La Liga leaders are apparently looking for strikers to bolster their title push and a run at the Champions League, Vela has been a name that has come up as an option.

The side lost Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla last week and want options to back up Luis Suarez.

Vela is behind Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata on the list to bring to the Catalan side, however, ESPN Deportes’ Jodi Blanco said that Vela is one of many options Barcelona is looking at.

Vela opened his European career in 2005 at Arsenal and spend time with Osasuna and Real Sociadad.

LAFC officials confirmed to ESPN Deportes’ Mauricio Pedroza that they have not heard anything regarding Vela from Barcelona.

While Vela would be a potential inexpensive option for Barcelona, him moving to the top of the list, Vela, 29, making a move to Barcelona would be a long shot. A very long shot.

In his first season with the Black and Gold, Vela had 14 goals and 13 assists in 28 regular-season matches. While those numbers are impressive, moving on to compete in La Liga with Barcelona where the expectations are considerably different would be a big risk for both Vela and Barca.

It isn’t that Vela couldn’t handle himself, but playing time at Barcelona would be sporadic at best and to think that it would just be him and Luis Suarez competing for front-line playing time would be short-sighted.

In the end, I see this as nothing more than media fluff generated during a rather slow transfer market cycle.

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