Barcelona are reportedly keeping a close eye on many centre-backs.
According to the football transfer rumours in British and Spanish media, Barcelona are linked with surprise move for Natan.
The 20-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
In March 2021, Natan was sent from Flamengo to Red Bull Bragantino on a season-long loan.
The centre-back has featured in one match for Red Bull Bragantino this term in all competitions.
The 20-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Brazil.
Barcelona are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 20-year-old as potential transfer target.
The report claims that Barcelona manager has extensively scouted Natan and is considering a move for the centre-back. Ronald Koeman is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.
The Flamengo centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. His arrival would give Barcelona some much needed tactical flexibility.
According to the report, “Barcelona are eyeing Flamengo defender Natan. Sport says Barcelona have good reports on Natan, a 1.88m defender who came through the youth teams playing as a full-back. He stands out for his character and his leadership qualities, but he’s also technically good, enabling him to bring the ball out from the back well. Red Bull Bragantino, the Brazilian arm of the energy drink company’s football project, signed him on loan until the end of the calendar year. They paid 770,000 euros and have established a price of 3.4 million euros for 50 percent of his economic rights once he’s played 20 games. Flamengo have done their homework and have him tied down with a release clause of 70 million euros.”
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The Spanish giants have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the Brazil international.
Flamengo are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive a massive offer for him.
Natan ideal fit for Barcelona?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
The 20-year-old will be an ideal choice for Koeman as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his defenders.
It will be interesting to see what happens when Barcelona come calling for Natan this summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.