Barcelona already could be impacted by the Mbappe-Real Madrid saga

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Paris Saint-Germain's French forward #07 Kylian Mbappe looks on during the UEFA Champions League 1st round, day 5, Group F football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Newcastle United on November 28, 2023 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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In addition to a quality defensive midfielder, FC Barcelona are also looking to further bolster their frontline in the upcoming summer transfer window.

As things stand, the Catalans only have Lamine Yamal as a winger who takes on defenders head-on and can cause a lot of disruption in the opposition half.

Thus, Barcelona are looking to get another such disruptive forward to accompany Yamal on the opposite wing, and thus make the team’s attack much more potent.

One of the candidates that the Blaugranes are interested in getting for this role is the Portuguese forward, Rafael Leao. However, as SPORT has noted, the recent movements in the European market can complicate the Catalans’ pursuit of the AC Milan forward.

The French superstar, Kylian Mbappe, is now certain to leave Paris Saint Germain after this season, and with his departure, the Parisians will be looking for another star to replace him in their squad.

PSG enjoys several advantages if they decide to seriously pursue the winger. For instance, Luis Campos, who is the Sporting Advisor at PSG currently, has known Leao for a long time, and it was he who had signed the winger from Sporting Lisbon when working for Lille.

Previously, it was reported that Leao is now keen to play in Spain, as he believed his time in Italy was coming to an end. AC Milan will also agree to the departure of the player if a good offer is put on the table. However, an irresistible financial and sporting offer from PSG can now cause the Portuguese to change his plans.

Thus, with PSG in the market, Barcelona would definitely find it very hard to compete with the French side on the economic front.

Furthermore, Lewandowski’s comments that he wants to fulfill his contract with Barcelona now also rule out his departure this summer, and Barcelona may have to forego their pursuit of the winger for now.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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