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Barcelona not negotiating with €30 million-rated defender who was spotted at club today

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Barcelona have not shied away from making inquiries with several agents and players this summer as they look to bolster the squad ahead of the upcoming season.

Earlier today, Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba was seen at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva complex, visiting the facilities.

While there were hardly any rumours tying the player to Barca, Tapsoba’s agent, Deco, who is now the sporting director of Barça, had previously offered the player to the Catalan club. Unsurprisingly, the centre-back’s presence in at the club offices sparked talks of a potential signing.

However, Fabrizio Romano has come out to claim that there were no negotiations between Tapsoba and Barça.

Tapsoba has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen till 2026 and has a market value worth €30 million.

With the Blaugrana prioritizing other positions in the squad, most notably the defensive midfielder, striker and interior roles, acquiring Tapsoba’s signature does appear unrealistic as of now.

In addition to the tussles with Financial Fair Play, Barca also do not have a shortage of centre-backs. In fact, Inigo Martinez has already completed his signing for the club as a free agent and only awaits registration.

Considering the competition at the back and varying priorities, the Leverkusen player would merely be a luxury signing, which looks unfeasible for the club at a time when they are struggling to manage their finances.

Nonetheless, Barcelona have always prided themselves in their ability to nurture young talents. With one of the youngest squads in Europe, it cannot be ruled out that the Catalans are seeking out another prospect to develop.

A case could also be made for Tapsoba’s signing further down the line in a season or two. As things stand, though, there are no negotiations with the centre-back over a transfer.

Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication.

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