Joan Laporta Visit Fails To Land Chygrynskiy For Barcelona - Report

While all the focus has been on adding to their front-line, Barca have tried and failed to land a defender...
Barcelona have failed in their bid to persuade either Shakhtar Donetsk to sell Dmytro Chygrynskiy or to convince the player to join them after a trip to Ukraine.

The Blaugrana president Joan Laporta headed a delegation to Ukraine that included Txiki Begiristain and Raul Sanllehi, and which made a €15 million bid for the international central defender.

Chygrynskiy publicly rejected the chance to move to Camp Nou earlier this month, but that did not stop Barca from trying to persuade him to join them.

Laporta and the other Barca directors met with Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov and saw their offer turned down before they were told that the player was not interested in a move.

Coach Pep Guardiola is keen to add to his defensive options in the middle after securing the services of Maxwell this week, and saw the Ukrainian as the perfect option.

While Laporta was unable to persuade Chygrynskiy to join, he is set for a trip to Milan that was originally to speak about Aliaksandr Hleb's loan deal, but will now include a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Lucas Brown,