FC Barcelona is starting to seriously panic for its nuggets


By: Manu Tournoux

Joan Laporta may show off his muscles and puff out his chest during his (very) numerous media appearances, but he knows, deep down, that his club is in a very difficult situation financially. And in football, delicate finances also mean loss of power over the transfer window and difficulty in retaining its best elements in the face of interest from other big European clubs, which have much greater purchasing power. Barça has a lot of good elements. Especially when we talk about young people…

As the English press revealed this Sunday, Mika Faye, the sensation of the moment within the Barça B team, is coveted by Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen. According to our information, Bayern Munich, Atlético and Lens are also on board. The 19-year-old Senegalese central defender, already an international with his country, is expected to be the club's future in central defense with Pau Cubarsí. Recruited for only 1.5 million euros, it is very likely that contract discussions will begin once he is in the first team, which will not be long. It will therefore be necessary to be convincing in terms of salary, even if it must be emphasized that with a release clause of 400 million euros valid until 2027, Barça is rather protected for the moment.

No reason to worry for Yamal

Which is not the case with Pau Cubarsí. According to the Catalan press, his release clause is particularly low: 10 to 15 million euros. A real gift for a player who is already a starter with Barça and who already started in the selection at 17, with almost unlimited potential. Chelsea and Manchester City are already on the lookout… There is also the Marc Guiu file, just 18 years old, to manage. The contract of the striker who has already scored with the first team this season expires in 2025, and we will have to sit down to negotiate, while several clubs in La Liga and abroad are interested.

Héctor Fort (17 years old), who already has 7 appearances under Xavi under the clock, should a priori extend his contract which expires in 2025 even if there too, teams are interested. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans even recently refused an offer of 35 million euros. Marc Casadó (20 years old), has already started in the first team and is at the end of his contract in June. Several clubs like Valencia are following him and can already offer him an important role in the first team. On the other hand, Barça can rest easy for Lamine Yamal, whose contract expires in 2026 – with an agreement to increase it to 2030 when he comes of age – and who has a release clause of one billion euros. The international would have to force a departure so that a club could steal him from Barça…

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