FC Barcelona ‘very close’ to signing the South American pearl

FC Barcelona is ‘very close’ to signing the South American pearl from Ecuador according to a source close to the player, who revealed information about it to a local radio station Sucre FM Sports.

Allen Obando currently plies his trade at Barcelona de Guayaquil and is on the radar of Barça sporting director Deco, according to Antonio Álvarez, who will run for the presidency of the Ecuadorian club this weekend.

“This Monday I went to Barcelona and spoke with managers of the Spanish team. We spent about three hours touring their facilities, getting to know their high-performance center and the Johan Cruyff Stadium,” said Álvarez.

“I spoke with Rafa Yuste, sports vice president of the club, and Deco, sports director of the club. We have made progress. We have spent these days with José Luis Nogales and Carlos Obando, Allen’s father, who watched the match between Barça and Rayo Vallecano live.

“Barça started following Allen several months ago. They asked me to go on May 12, but I couldn’t go because I didn’t want to leave the club. The people at Barça asked me to please go,” added Álvarez.

Obando, 17, could cross the Atlantic next month when he turns 18 after accumulating nine senior appearances (making his debut in the Copa Libertadores) in which he scored a goal and provided two assists.

He has also made his debut with the senior team, but has not yet scored as a forward, which at Barça would further complicate Vitor Roque’s chances of one day becoming Robert Lewandowski’s successor.

Vitor Roque agreed a deal that could fetch more than $60 million by early 2024, but he only managed to make a series of cameos and just two starts with Xavi Hernández amid rumors that he could be loaned out or even sold. summer.

At the moment it is unknown what Obando could cost, but it could be much less than the Brazilian who has so far failed to make an impact at the Montjuïc Stadium.

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