By Harry Sykes
Barcelona are keeping close tabs on Chelsea wide player Victor Moses, according to a report.
Spanish publication SPORT claim that the Catalan giants have “intensely followed” the Nigeria international in recent weeks.
It is said that Barcelona scouts have watched Moses on three occasions after being surprised by his stunning transformation under Antonio Conte.
Moses has been one of the main beneficiaries of Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation that has reaped immediate dividends.
The 25-year-old has been used in a right wing-back position and has responded with his best spell of form since joining Chelsea from Wigan in the summer of 2012.
The player’s performances have caught the eye of Spanish champions Barcelona, who are reportedly keen to strengthen on the right flank following the summer exit of Dani Alves to Juventus.
Moses has made 13 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season, scoring three goals and supplying one assist.
In total, the Nigerian has made 57 appearances for Chelsea in four years, during which time he has been loaned out to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.
His contract with the Premier League leaders runs until 2019.
Football Insider verdict:
Just two months ago, it would have been ludicrous to imagine that Barcelona would have any interest in prising Moses from Chelsea. For over four years, he had been little more than a bit-part player at Stamford Bridge, as evidenced by loan spells at Premier League rivals in the three previous campaigns. The arrival of Conte, the switch to a 3-4-3 formation and a new role for Moses at right wing-back have revitalised both team and player. The Nigerian has two-and-a-half years to run on his Chelsea contract, which should enable the club to fend off interest in January. But next summer could be a different matter if Moses’ form continues and Barcelona firm up their interest.
In other Chelsea news, Spurs have made a formal complaint about a senior Chelsea figure.