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Girona deny Stuani to Barca rumours

Girona deny Stuani to Barca rumours

Girona have denied a report claiming Barcelona are closing in on a move for Cristhian Stuani.

The Blaugrana are understood to be desperate to sign a striker in this month’s transfer window after losing Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi.

This has left Luis Suarez, who will turn 32 this month, having to bear most of the burden up front with 1,989 minutes of football to his name across his 23 appearances this season.

Now reports in Spain have claimed that former Middlesbrough forward Stuani has emerged as Barcelona’s top target.

The Uruguayan has enjoyed a prolific campaign over at Girona this term and is the third highest scorer in LaLiga on 12 goals in 17 games and behind only Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Furthermore, Stuani’s release clause is only €15m and he will be available to compete in the Champions League right away for Barcelona due to Girona not competing in the competition.

However, Girona chief Delfi Geli has hit back at the rumours, claiming their is no truth in the talks.

“There is nothing to say about this,” Geli told Cadena Ser on Wednesday.

“Stuani is our players, he is very happy here and we are very happy to have him here, there are no other updates.

“This story does not have basis in fact, I cannot say anything else.”

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente have also been linked with surprise moves to Camp Nou as Barcelona’s search for a back-up striker gets more desperate.

Barca beat Levante in Copa del Rey action midweek, whilst Girona knocked out Atletico Madrid.