To be clear, Cedric Soares to Barcelona really isn’t a big thing in the Catalan media. Barcelona very much need a right back but there’s easily 5, maybe 10, who have been linked more frequently and strongly than the Southampton player.

Potential Barcelona interest has of course caught the attention of the English media, and the story has dragged without any great reason for it to be hyped quite so much. That said, Catalan newspaper Sport refer to English claims Cedric is ‘on the agenda’ at Barcelona, and interestingly point out he’s been of interest for several years.

Back in 2015, we covered an article from Mundo Deportivo, another Catalan newspaper, which said Cedric, then at Sporting Lisbon, was one of a number of potential Barcelona targets.

Mundo Deportivo compiled a list at the time, stating Barcelona were keen on ‘Monaco’s Fabinho, Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek, PSG’s Serge Aurier, Villarreal’s Mario Gaspar, Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 11.09.21Torino’s Matteo Darmian, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Fabian Johnson, Sporting Lisbon’s Cedric Soares, Sassuolo’s Sime Vrsaljko and Liverpool’s Javier Manquillo’ as well Hector Bellerin.

Last month the same Catalan newspaper, responding to English claims, explained Cedric is no longer of interest… but he still keeps popping up.

So, yes, Cedric has been of interest to Barcelona, and they have been following him for several years, but the Southampton player is one of an ever growing and ever changing list.