Renowned soccer agent Josep Maria Minguella has claimed on the TV program “Va de Barça” that Barcelona had an opportunity to signal Real Madrid goal Kylian Mbappe in the summertime of 2017. The Blaugrana as an alternative selected his compatriot and Borussia Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele as he presumably fitted the Catalan giants’ system higher.
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe stays on the prime of Real Madrid’s wishlist (by way of Marca) and is predicted to affix them without cost this summer time. Los Blancos supposedly provided €200million for his providers final summer time, however PSG turned down the quantity to maintain him for another season.
Barcelona, however, have hardly ever been linked with Mbappe. However, if Minguella’s declare is to be believed, the membership got here mighty near signing him from Monaco in 2017.
Speaking on “Va de Barça,” the journalist, who’s supposedly near the Blaugrana, stated (by way of Sport):
“Four years ago, Barça had Mbappé and Dembélé on the table. They signed Dembélé, and the coaches decided that for Barça’s system it was better. If you trust some technicians, things like this happen.”
Barcelona had been underneath Ernesto Valverde when this transfer supposedly fell by. The Catalonian outfit ended up spending a whopping €140 million to accumulate Dembele’s providers from Dortmund in the summertime of 2017. Mbappe, however, moved to Paris Saint-Germain on mortgage in the identical window earlier than becoming a member of PSG completely for €145 million subsequent summer time.
Signing Real Madrid goal Kylian Mbappe may have turned Barcelona’s fortunes round
The Blaugrana have needed to endure a lean few years. They have confronted some scarring Champions League eliminations, the most recent of which has seen them drop to the Europa League.
Had they signed Real Madrid’s prime goal Kylian Mbappe again once they had the prospect, Barca may have fared significantly higher within the premier European competitors.
Dembele, after all, has not been a slouch for Barca, however his numbers can not maintain a candle to Mbappe’s. Since 2017, Mbappe has scored 160 objectives and supplied 81 assists in 2019 appearances for PSG throughout competitions.
Dembele, who has usually struggled with accidents throughout his time on the Camp Nou, has solely scored 32 occasions and supplied 31 assists in 141 video games for Barcelona in the identical stretch.