‘On the table’ – Football agent reveals how close Barcelona came to signing Real Madrid in 2017

Renowned football agent Josep Maria Minguella has claimed on the Va de Barça TV show that Barcelona had a chance to sign Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2017 and that he was a better fit for the Catalan giants’ system.

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe remains at the top of Real Madrid’s wish-list (via Marca) and is expected to join them for free this summer. Los Blancos reportedly offered €200m for his services last summer but PSG turned down the amount in order to keep him for another season.

Barcelona, ​​on the other hand, have rarely been linked with Mbappe. However, if Minguella’s claim is to be believed, the club came close to signing him from Monaco in 2017.

Speaking to Va de Barça, the journalist who is said to be close to Blaugrana said (via Sport):

“Barça had Mbappé and Dembélé on the table four years ago. They signed Dembélé and the coaches decided it was better for Barça’s system. When you trust some technicians, things like that happen.”

Barcelona were under Ernesto Valverde when that move reportedly fell through. The Catalan club spent a whopping €140m to acquire Dembele’s services from Dortmund in the summer of 2017. Mbappe, on the other hand, joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan in the same window before making a permanent move to PSG for €145m next summer.

Signing Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe could have turned Barcelona’s fortunes

The Blaugrana had to endure a few lean years. They have endured some painful eliminations in the Champions League from which they were most recently relegated to the Europa League.

Had they brought back Real Madrid’s main target Kylian Mbappe when they had the chance, Barca could have fared significantly better in Europe’s main competition.

Kylian Mbappe averages a goal contribution every 75 minutes for club and country. He is only 23 years old 🤯

Dembele was no slouch for Barca, of course, but his numbers can’t hold a candle to Mbappe’s. Since 2017, Mbappe has scored 160 goals and provided 81 assists for PSG across all competitions in 2019.

Dembele, who often struggled with injuries during his time at the Camp Nou, has only scored 32 goals and provided 31 assists in 141 games for Barcelona at the same track. ‘On the table’ – Football agent reveals how close Barcelona came to signing Real Madrid in 2017

Tom Vazquez

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