Paris Saint-Germain full-back Juan Bernat is out of contract this summer and could depart from the French giants, according to Mundo Deportivo. The expected availability of the 27-year-old – who has been injured since September – has sparked the interest of Barcelona, who are looking to bring Bernat back to his home country.
Juan Bernat Expected to Be Offloaded This Summer by Paris Saint-Germain
A Season Disrupted With Injury
Worryingly for a potential suitor, Bernat has not played much football over the past year. The devastating impacts of COVID-19 in France, forced the curtailment of the Ligue 1 season in mid-March, meaning when the full-back played his first game of this season, it had been six months since he had last been involved in competitive action.
The Spanish left-back lasted just 27 minutes into the third game of the season before suffering a serious ACL injury. Four months later, and the club are no clearer on when Bernat will be available to play once again, causing for discussions about his contract situation.
With the Spaniard’s contract running out in the summer, it seems that PSG would prefer to offload Bernat. But, with a lack of progress in his recovery, Europe’s elite may struggle to justify such a move.
Barcelona Could Agree Pre-Contract Deal With PSG and Bernat
Despite the perceived risk of signing such a player, Barcelona have expressed an interest in Bernat. The Spanish champions expect to be left with just the single left-back after this January transfer window with speculation around Junior Firpo.
The Catalan club would have two options in their pursuit of Bernat, with the first scenario being that Barcelona and PSG accept a pre-contract agreement ahead of a summer move. Another option for Barcelona would be to sign the PSG man now and pay a small fee, allowing Ronald Koeman a secondary left-back option once fit.