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A new report coming out of The Express states that Barcelona and Chelsea are bound to go head-to-head for Flamengo’s young prodigy, Reinier, if the Blues’ transfer ban is lifted.
At the moment, we still don’t know what is going to happen with Chelsea’s transfer ban.
But in case they get their permission to go into the market soon, they will most likely rival the Catalans for the signing of the £70m-rated Flamengo star.
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Barcelona were reportedly scouting the youngster and Reinier’s power, technique and ability to score and assist made him a rather attractive target for the Blaugrana.
But seeing how his price might be high as it is, rushing into a potential bidding war with Chelsea does look like a pointless exercise for Ernesto Valverde’s troops, especially considering the wealth of talent they already have at their disposal.
A lot has already been said about Barcelona and the problems they are currently experiencing with their La Masia products.
Both the likes of Carles Alena and Riqui Puig are still waiting for their chances in the senior team – the former is very much a part of Valverde’s squad but has been completely frozen out of it, while the latter is still chained to Barcelona B in Spain’s third division.
Adding another pricey midfielder from abroad would put pressure on the coach to actually play him, what for his pedigree and what for a potentially huge price tag, and that could put another nail in La Masia’s coffin as it would make it even more difficult for them to stand out.
Not to mention that adding more midfielders into an already packed area of the squad shouldn’t really be a priority.
Seven players fighting for three spots is far from ideal, especially when you have young players in need of minutes in your team.
Reinier is rated at £70m but competition for his signature could potentially boost that figure even more.
For those reasons, Barcelona entering this bidding war certainly sounds like a baffling approach and should be avoided.