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Barcelona and Leicester eye Brazil defender Rodrigo Caio (Marca)

  /  autty

Barcelona are eyeing a deal for Flamengo central defender and Brazil international Rodrigo Caio, according to Marca.

Central defender Caio joined Flamengo in January after having spent the entirety of his professional career at his hometown club Sao Paulo, making 277 first-team appearances and he has won four caps for the Brazil national team.

The defender has previously torn his anterior cruciate ligament and has suffered several fitness issues over the years, causing him to miss out on the 2018 World Cup.

Indeed, in the summer of 2015 it was reported the defender had signed with Valencia in a €12.5m deal but it was reported he failed two medicals and the deal collapsed.

The 26-year-old is said to have been on the shortlist of watched players for Barcelona for a number of years and Eric Abidal is said to be a fan of his.

Caio will be playing in this year’s Copa Libertadores final and Barcelona are said to face competition from Leicester City for any potential signing next year.

A report in El Mundo Deportivo last week also claimed of Barca’s interest in him alongside Gremio forward Everton.