Barcelona keeping close tabs on 20-year-old left-footed Ivorian central defender – report

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The scouting department of FC Barcelona is closely following emerging young talent with immense potential, having found success with recent acquisitions like Pedri González and Ronald Araujo. This tradition continued last summer as Pablo Torre was signed from Racing de Santander and this time around a 20-year-old Ivorian International is the feature of interest.

Abakar Sylla, the 20-year-old center-back from Club Brugge, has been exploding onto the scene with his consistent performances. He joined the Belgian club’s youth setup in 2021, Sylla quickly ascended the ranks and became part of the senior team at the start of the current season. With 24 appearances across all competitions, including a goal to his name, Sylla has made a genuine impact on the field.

Sylla’s abilities as a left-footed center-back make him an attractive outlet to many clubs across Europe. His UCL performances have been remarkable as well, and the scout reports that have reached the Blaugrana offices demonstrate his immense potential. A rare talent with an immense future and a hefty price tag.

Although Barcelona is in awe of the player, they might not pursue defensive targets this summer, as the signing of Inigo Martínez has already been completed and their center-back positions are plenty for now according to SPORT. However, Sylla’s future still remains open for consideration, provided he doesn’t leave Bruges this summer. Several Premier League clubs have expressed their admiration for him and might lure him away.

Barcelona will keep tabs on Sylla and will continue to monitor his progress from a distance, anticipating better times ahead, as they remain confident about the Ivorian’s future development into a world-class central defender.

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