Lazio defender, Luiz Felipe, during a training session for the Italian side / PAOLO BRUNO/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
Lazio defender, Luiz Felipe (L), during a training session for the Italian side / PAOLO BRUNO/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

Lazio’s 23-year-old Brazilian defender, Luiz Felipe has been discarded by Barca, as the Catalans look towards finding a replacement for Gerard Piqué.

Barcelona continue to plan for the future, both the foreseeable and the distant. The Catalans are looking towards acquiring players for different positions on the pitch, and with the aging 33-year-old Gerard Piqué. One of the players on the list, as Barcelona looked for alternatives, was Luiz Felipe, as reported by the Spanish news outlet SPORT, and cited by Blaugranagram, on Friday evening.

However, according to the Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian has been discarded, after the club’s scout report has been concluded. The conclusion is that his level is not sufficient in terms of the profile the club’s technicians are looking for, despite him being a good footballer.

The club’s search therefore continues, with the club’s main two targets being attackers in Neymar and Lautaro Martínez. However, the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on clubs around the world financially is bound to show its traces in the upcoming transfer window. Swap deals could be the way forward for clubs looking to alter their teams’ personnel, with Barcelona’s club president, Josep Bartomeu, predicting that ‘a lot more player exchange deals’ will take place.

With leagues around the world suspended, it is yet to be seen whether the transfer window will open and close as usual, or whether the dates will be shifted to help accommodate the resumption of football around the globe.