Luka Jovic, the Serbian forward on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt from Benfica, remains an objective for Barcelona, who feel he's one of the brightest talents in European football and the perfect long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
With the aim of making that a reality, the club have spent various months laying the foundations which would allow them to carry out an operation for Jovic.
That has involved watching him live on various occasions this season. That's not been hidden any point. On Monday, for example, sporting director Eric Abidal was in Lisbon to watch him against Portugal. However, he was left disappointed because Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic didn't use him for even a minute. Given how the game went, Jovic wouldn't have touched the ball in the Euro 2020 qualifier as Serbia sat back in the second half and defended for a draw.
Despite that, Barça have now decided to try and sign Jovic. What was more important than seeing him against Portugal was getting close to the player and his people again. And that's what Abidal's done since the game, further demonstrating the Catalan club's interest in him.
Jovic is a young striker -- he is not 22 until December -- having a great season in the Bundesliga with Frankfurt. In 24 games, he's scored 15 goals and set up six more.