Man City may end Barcelona hopes of stealing Bayern star – report

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Barcelona midfield target Joshua Kimmich
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FC Barcelona remain an attractive name in the world of football, and that helps them greatly. Even in times of financial issues, the great prestige and value of the club helps them attract great players. However, there are some deals that not even Barcelona as a name is not enough to bring to life.

One target in particular who Barcelona wish to desperately bring to the club is Joshua Kimmich. The 28-year-old German midfielder is a great target for La Blaugrana, and one that they consider can help elevate the team to a new level.

Ever since the departure of Sergio Busquets, Barça have been left scrambling to find a new pivot to replace him. Oriol Romeu was the temporary solution, but his value has been quite inconsistent within the team from a sporting perspective.

Thus, Kimmich is a key upgrade that Barcelona want for the summer. However, it seems that the German midfielder’s arrival is not at all a guarantee for the Catalan giants. According to Mundo Deportivo, a new rival could now join the race to sign the unhappy 28-year-old Bayern Munich star.

As per MD, it is none other than Manchester City who could opt to sign him as well. Believing that Pep Guardiola, a former mentor of Kimmich’s, could help bring out the best in him, City are considering whether to go out on the offensive to sign the player in the summer.

For Barcelona, this would come as a huge blow to their plans. With Kimmich looking unlikely to extend with the Bavarians beyond his current deal, he could be a great chance for Barcelona to improve upon their current lack of an elite pivot.

However, from a financial perspective, there is just no competing with the endless resources of Manchester City. Bayern will most likely demand a massive transfer fee for their midfield star, and Barça can not offer the same options as City can when it comes to lucrative deals.

Barcelona failed to acquire Kimmich previously, given their financial limitations. However, they are aware that he is currently not content with the situation at Bayern, and could be open to a move away from Bavaria. This leads them to consider him a great target, but City’s interference could now become a massive hurdle for them.

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