Barcelona have identified Algerian defender Aissa Mandi as a potential replacement for Samuel Umtiti, according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon.
Mandi has been playing in La Liga for several years now, and has shown great passing qualities from out the defence which favours the style of play at the Nou Camp.
Real Betis have had an average start to their league campaign this season in Spain. Mandi has one of the best passing ratios in the entire division.
And manager Valverde is eyeing up the centre-back if Umtiti leaves the club this January. Mandi was part of the Algeria side that won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
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