Fonseca aware of Barcelona interest in Srna

Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca has admitted he is aware of reports linking Barcelona with a move for full-back Darijo Srna, but is hopeful the player will stay.

The 34-year-old has emerged as a potential January target for the Spanish giants as they seek reinforcements for the second half of the 2016/17 campaign.

While he would prefer for Srna to remain at the club, he admits the final decision does not rest with him.

"I know of the interest," Fonseca told reporters. "It is not for me to make this decision. We know the importance of Srna to our team and we also know of his importance to the club.

"He's spent many years with us, though, and I sincerely hope he doesn't go."

Fonseca's comments will have done little to dampen speculation over the player's immediate future, especially after club owner Rinat Akhmetov admitted earlier this year that he would not stand in Srna's way should Barca come calling.

Akhmetov said: "If Darijo makes such a decision [to go], I will be on his side. He deserves that the club should treat him generously.

"He is a great person and a great captain who gave his all for Shakhtar. We'll make sure that we are proud of our decision. It will be as Darijo wishes."

Srna joined Shaktar from Hajduk Split in 2013 and has gone on to make 510 appearances in all competitions, bagging 49 goals in the process.

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