BARCELONA ‘CAST­ING’ IN PARIS

Cata­lan gi­ants will watch France stars in in­ter­na­tional clash with Spain

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA would be keep­ing a close eye on pro­ceed­ings in Paris as tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Robert Fer­nan­dez would watch three of France’s bright­est tal­ents in their in­ter­na­tional friendly with Spain late yes­ter­day.

De­spite four of their own play­ers in­cluded in Spain’s na­tional squad, the Cata­lan gi­ants will be au­di­tion­ing Monaco stars Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Le­mar and mid­fielder Corentin Tolisso, ac­cord­ing to Span­ish out­let Sport.

Mbappe has burst onto the scene in a scin­til­lat­ing break­through sea­son for the Ligue 1 lead­ers and is now fea­tur­ing on many of Europe’s most wanted lists.

The 18-year-old is one of the most talked about tal­ents af­ter scor­ing 19 goals in 32 games in all com­pe­ti­tions for the French club.

He har­bours blis­ter­ing pace and has shown a com­po­sure in front of goal which has brought about pre­ma­ture com­par­isons to com­pa­triot Thierry Henry.

Mean­while, the Span­ish gi­ants could be look­ing to strengthen else­where, with Mbappe’s team­mate Le­mar seem­ingly on Barca’s wish­list.

Le­mar moved to Monaco from Caen in 2015 and has fea­tured heav­ily dur­ing this cam­paign. This sea­son the mid­fielder has con­trib­uted more goals to his game, scor­ing seven in the league and 11 in all com­pe­ti­tions.

His form earned him his first France cap in Novem­ber and the 21-year-old is tipped to be the fu­ture of the French mid­field.

Tolisso, who plies his trade for Lyon, has had a stead­ier rise to promi­nence. The mid­fielder has al­ready turned out 140 games for the French club at the age of 22.

Tolisso saw de­fender Sa­muel Umtiti leave Lyon to join the La Liga out­fit last sum­mer and could fol­low suit, should di­rec­tor Fer­nan­dez deem him wor­thy. Daily Mail

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