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Messi Replacement: Barca Shortlists Three Players To Replace Him

The Barcelona star is set to leave the Camp Nou in the summer as his contract has expired with the club. His stay at Barcelona is u Der severe speculations and football lovers worldwide are wondering if the Blaugrana talisman will remain with the club or not this summer. What might influence his decision is also bent on who becomes the next Barcelona president. It remains to be seen if Messi remains at the club, even with recent controversy surrounding his earnings which saw details of his contract leaked to the media. 

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Messi has earned a mouth watering €555 million in the past four years at Barcelona which includes bumper deals such as: Loyalty fees, renewal fees, sponsorship deals, image rights and his salary and bonuses. Due to this controversy and the fact that Barca are in a very dire situation of financial indebtedness, Messi’s future has been speculated. In effect to this possibility of losing their best player, Barcelona have prepared a shortlist of players to replace Lionel Messi should he leave the club. 

These players are: 

Mohammed Salah

The Liverpool attacker has been admired by Barcelona and have been monitored for a time now as the successor of Lionel Messi. He’s a very fast player with flair in attack and dribbles, he also has the ability of scoring lots of goals. 

Kylian Mbappe

The French player has been highlighted by Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta as his dream target of replacing Lionel Messi if he leaves. The PSG player is dangerous in attack as he forms a deadly combination with Neymar at the heart of PSG attack. He is fast and skillful with dribbles and has the ruthless goalscoring ability Barcelona needs. The Frenchman will cost the Blaugrana an estimated €150 million in transfer fee before they could pry him out of the hands of PSG. 

Erling Haaland 

He has been on Barcelona’s radar for quite some time and the Blaugrana missed out on a chance of signing him last season before his move to Dortmund. His value has increased significantly after joining German club Borrussia Dortmund last summer. He has a ruthless eye for goal as he’s regarded as a goal machine after shattering a host of goal scoring records veven in his young age. 

He will set the Blaugrana by €70 million if they wish to acquire his services. 

Barcelona are in a dire situation of financial instability as they owe a whopping €1.17 billion of debt. This debt makes it almost impossible in acquiring their targets in order to bolster the team. It remains to be seen how Barcelona maneuver this situation and if they will be able to clinch any one of their transfer target as Messi is close to his career end at Barca. 

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Prince Chukwudi Timothy Samuel

Prince Chukwudi Timothy Samuel is the Chairman / CEO, MicMiraSteph Communications and Chief Media Director, Apex Reporters

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