Barcelona set to sign Super Eagles’ star as Messi’s replacement

Spanish giants Barcelona have identified promising Super Eagles starlet Samuel Chukwueze, who has stormed the Spanish La Liga, as a possible future replacement for captain Lionel Messi.
The 19-year-old Nigerian Wonderkid, Chukwueze, made his first-team debut for Villarreal in September 2018, and has gone on to play 16 league matches, with important roles in games against Barcelona and Real Madrid, now the Catalans, who are planning for life after Lionel Messi are looking to sign the youngster as a replacement for underperforming Brazilian Philippe Coutinho.
Chukwueze, 19, has enjoyed an impressive debut season with the Yellow Submarines since breaking into the club’s first team. He has scored eight goals in 38 appearances across all competitions. He has earned recognition from all over Europe and is expected to go for a high price.

Nevertheless, Barcelona according to a report in Don Ballon will make a move for him provided that they sell Coutinho first. Moreover, Chukwueze might consider signing for a club where he gets regular game time, with both Ousmane Dembele and Malcom bound to be ahead of him at Camp Nou.

The youngster rejected the chance to represent Nigeria at the FIFA U -20 World Cup this month instead opting to feature for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Former African footballer of the year award winner Emmanuel Amuneke and Gbenga Okunowo are the Nigerians to have played for the Blaugrana.

Barcelona’s season came to a jolting stop when they were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Liverpool. As a result, the Blaugrana have decided to cut ties with several underperforming players, with one of them being Coutinho.

Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for Liverpool back in January 2018, for a club record €120 Million. However, the Brazilian has so far failed to impress the Camp Nou crowd and is constantly in and out of the team.

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