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Barcelona hold talks with RB Leipzig midfielder - Reports

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman
Modified 07 Apr 2021

Barcelona have started preparing for the summer window and it now appears that the club have already held talks with one of the most promising young midfielders in Germany.

According to Express via Fussball Transfers, new Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has been in touch with Pini Zahavi, the agent of RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku. Barcelona are eager to reinforce their midfield ahead of next season and could make a move for the Frenchman in the summer.

Nkunku is a product of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, who rose through the ranks at the club to make his professional debut in the 2015/16 season. However, the Frenchman failed to break into the first team at PSG and eventually joined RB Leipzig in the summer of 2019.

Since then, Nkunku has appeared 75 times for the Bundesliga side, scoring 12 goals. He also has seven goals and eight assists from 31 games in all competitions this season. His brilliant form this season has generated interest from top teams around Europe, including Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

The Red Devils are also looking to add a midfielder to their squad in the summer and could well make a move for Nkunku due to the uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba's future.

However, Barcelona are the clear favorites to secure the Frenchman’s signature. The Catalans are also among the clubs vying for Erling Haaland’s signature and have already met with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

A move to secure the Norwegian striker’s services could be tricky, given the financial conditions at Camp Nou. As such, their interest in Nkunku does make sense, as he can play in several positions in midfield and attack.

Barcelona linked to a host of players ahead of the summer

Christopher Nkunku
Christopher Nkunku

Barcelona are tipped to have a busy summer and have already been linked to a host of players. Erling Haaland continues to be on their radar while Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum could finally secure dream moves to the Camp Nou ahead of next season.

Former Barcelona youngster Eric Garcia, whose current contract with Manchester City ends in the summer, is also tipped to return to the Camp Nou. With Lionel Messi’s contract extension also a possibility, the Blaugrana could well be on their way back to the top next season.

Published 06 Apr 2021, 23:00 IST
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