Barcelona can sign Croatia National team captain and Shakhtar Donetsk full-back Darijo Srna as their eighth signing of the summer, according to reports from the Ukrainian outlet Tribuna. The summer transfer window has just closed and while one would believe that the clubs will not be able to sign any more player. However, in this case, Barcelona can still sign the player if he is a free agent.
The 34-year-old Croatian is reportedly in talks with Shakhtar negotiating the end of his contract at the club, so as to make his move to Barcelona easier. Srna’s current contract at Shakhtar has six more months to end, however, if the player’s contract ends now he will be able to move to Barcelona as a free agent.
Srna moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003 and has been a part of the club since then, he is also the captain in his club side. The player has been one of the key players for Shakhtar since joining the club from Hajduk Split. Further, the Croatian full-back made his international debut in November 2002 against Romania. The player went on to become one of the key players for Croatia National Team as well as his club. He was selected as the Captain for Croatian team during the Euro 2012, 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016
Considered to be one of the legendary players in Shakhtar Donetsk, Srna is the most capped player in the history of Shakhtar as well as in the history of Croatia. Following the same the 34-year-old is also referred to as “Icon of Shakhtar”.
While the player has been linked with a move to Barcelona, the move seems highly unlikely, as the 34-year-old Croatian has a record of having rejected offers from Chelsea and Bayern Munich due to his loyalty to Shakhtar. Further, according to Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez, the Catalan club will not be adding any more players to the squad. While the club does not have a proper full back to replace Dani Alves, they believe that there is no requirement to add players to improve the squad.
Signing Srna would be a good decision for Barcelona. The player is a leader and will not mind if he is made to sit on the bench, while he is good at what he does the Croatian has years of experience to guide and develop the young players as well as help his team members.