Senegal youngster signs for Barcelona

Is this the beginning of FC Barcelona’s gradual rebuild? With highly-rated defender Mousa Ndiaye joining the Catalan giants from the Aspire Academy Dreams, it could be a building block to a larger project that is being undertaken in the absence of Messi.

At the tender age of 18, the Senegal youngster has agreed to a three-year deal, with the option of a two-year extension.

According to the club’s official website, the five-time UEFA Champions League winners have slapped an eye-watering €100m buyout clause.

As a sizable left-sided defender who can play centrally or as a left-back, the Senegalese U20 international was named the Under-20s African Cup of Nations player of the tournament in the 2019 edition and also impressed in FIFA U20 World Cup, despite losing to South Korea in the quarter-final stage on penalties.

He joins fellow Senegalese defender Moussa Wague at the famed Spanish club