Barcelona have identified Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele as an alternative summer option for midfield if deals for Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong fall through, according to reports.
Ndombele, 21, has steadily impressed for Les Gones since he joined – initially on loan – from Amiens in August 2017. His sharp progress has seen four France caps earned in the last two months.
SPORT have stated that if countryman Rabiot agrees a new deal at PSG or if coveted Netherlands prospect De Jong goes elsewhere, then a €60 million bid could be launched.
Ndombele has scored twice in 17 2018/19 club appearances.
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Winger Malcom has revealed that head coach Ernesto Valverde has told him exactly what he must do to end his Barcelona misery.
Malcom, 21, has made only five appearances since July’s £36.5 million move from Bordeaux. This frustrating spell, however, looked to have changed when he scored as a substitute in this month’s Champions League draw at Inter Milan.
Speaking to the club’s website, the Brazil call-up declared he would keep striving to earn future opportunities, plus there was no problem between himself and the boss.
He said: “I’m fine with Valverde, I spoke with him and he told me what I needed to improve and to be in the group.
“Now, I want to play tough games to show that I have the quality to be in this team.”
Barca next travel to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Exciting Eintracht Frankfurt and Serbia youngster Luka Jovic is the latest name to be added to Barcelona’s list of long-term centre forward options, according to reports.
Jovic, 20, has rocketed in 12 goals in 15 appearances during the second season of a loan from Portuguese giants Benfica. Such fearsome form has seen him gain attention from across the continent.
Bild have stated that Barca and Liverpool currently lead the chase for his signature.
Scouts for the La Liga champions were present during the international break when Serbia played Montenegro. Unfortunately for them, Jovic was only an 83rd-minute substitute.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez turns 32 in January and Barca want to procure a younger understudy, or replacement.
Eintracht currently hold an option to make the attacker’s successful temporary move a permanent one at the end of the season.