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Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio is a summer target for both Barcelona and Liverpool, TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed.
Musacchio, 23, is having a fine season for El Submarino Amarillo, and has alerted some of the world's top names to his existence, with Liverpool and Barca said to be the front-runners for the his signature.
The centre-back was linked with a January move to Manchester United, but now it seems Liverpool are most keen to bring him to the Premier League.
Barcelona are in the hunt for a replacement for veteran defender Charles Puyol, who announced that he would be leaving the Camp Nou at the end of the season.