Tottenham Hotspur could face competition from Barcelona for the transfer of Mamadou Coulibaly as the Camp Nou giants have established excellent rapport with the Monaco gem.
That’s according to Sport, who note that the Catalan side’s scouts are comparing Coulibaly to Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga. Talent watchers from the La Liga outfit are watching his rise in France closely, with club chiefs keen to continue spending on highly skilled young stars.
Barcelona believe Coulibaly represents a real market opportunity as he only remains on a training contract at Monaco. His terms also end in June and will be able to sign a professional contract from next month after the French talent turns 18 on April 21.
The midfielder is unlikely to wait too long before deciding where he wants to continue his development. Coulibaly and his representative also expect more interest to arise, with Barcelona, Tottenham, Manchester City, Juventus and AC Milan all eyeing transfers.
Barcelona plan to nurture Coulibaly at their famed La Masia academy should he agree to move to Spain. They would then intend to see the midfielder follow Pedri and Ronald Araujo to become instrumental first-team figures in the coming campaigns.
Barcelona think Tottenham target Mamadou Coulibaly looks like Eduardo Camavinga
Milan have already decided to seal Coulibaly’s transfer from Monaco against interests from Tottenham, Manchester City and some German clubs, per Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A side have intensified talks with his side in recent days to discuss their plans for him.
The Rossoneri have sought to explain how they want to incorporate the young stars into the ongoing project at the San Siro. Milan’s journey also resembles that of Barcelona, with an immediate focus on youth-level games before joining the first team as a possible heir to Franck Kessie.
Milan technical director Paolo Maldini and head scout Geoffrey Moncada have revered the Monegasque gem for some time. But Barcelona are threatening to disrupt the Rossoneri and Tottenham’s transfer plans as they see similarities between Coulibaly and Real Madrid star Camavinga.
Camavinga joined Los Blancos from Rennes for £34.5million last year aged 18, despite entering the final year of his contract. He had also attracted interest from Manchester United and PSG, according to Sky Sports, with Europe’s elite keen on one of the brightest talents in French football.