Barcelona keeping tabs on Shakhtar Donetsk's Yaroslav Rakitskiy - report

The Ukrainian defender has reportedly caught the attention of Barca and could be on the move in the summer transfer window, following in the footsteps of Dmytro Chygrynskiy
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Yaroslav Rakitskiy could be set to leave Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk this summer as Barcelona have shown an interest in signing the centre-back, reports from Ukraine and Catalan publication Sport claim.

Barcelona are looking to add depth to their defence ahead of the new season to provide cover for the injury prone Carles Puyol, and head coach Pep Guardiola reportedly sees the 21-year-old as a useful addition to his squad.

The Ukraine international has a contract with Shakhtar until the summer of 2014 and an offer in the region of €12 million (£10.8m) could be needed to lure him away from the Champions League quarter-finalists.

Should he move, Rakitskiy would be the second young defender to leave Shakhtar for Barcelona in recent years after the previous transfer of Dmytro Chygrynskiy. The latter moved to Camp Nou in the summer of 2009, but returned to Shakhtar again a season later after failing to make an impact at the Spanish giants.

It is unlikely that an eventual move for Rakitskiy is a priority for Barca at the moment, however, as they are currently in intensive negotiations with Udinese over the transfer of Alexis Sanchez, while they are also keen to finally secure the services of Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas.

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