Barcelona have completed the signing of Franck Angong, reports claim. The talented midfielder will join the club’s Under-19 squad and represents their second youth signing of the summer.
Barcelona bolstered their youth ranks with the signing of highly-rated teenager Fabian Luzzi from Rayo Vallecano.
Rivals Real Madrid were desperate to sign Luzzi, who signed a three-year deal at the Nou Camp with the option of two more.
And now he’s been joined by another talented recruit.
Spanish newspaper Sport claim Cameroon midfielder Frank Angong has joined Barcelona and is already training his his new colleagues.
The 18-year-old is primarily a defensive midfield player and will challenge Alex Rico for a starting role.
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Angong has played most of his time playing for Dominican Republic side Cibao FC and coached by Albert Benaiges.
Benaiges, 70, spent over 20 years at Barcelona as a youth coach and manager of the Under-18 squad and is thought to have been heavily influential in the deal.
Angong followed Benaiges to Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe in 2018, along with his brother Francky who subsequently signed for La Liga side Levante.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s senior squad are preparing for Friday evening’s Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich.
The one-off 90-minute clash represents Barcelona’s only chance to win silverware this season with the winners to play Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals.
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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski represents Bayern’s biggest threat having bagged 13 goals in the competition this season.
But midfielder Arturo Vidal doesn’t believe he can be compared with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
“Lewandowski is extraordinary, very dangerous, an insatiable goalscorer,” Vidal said.
“It’s going to be very difficult to stop him but it’s impossible to compare him with Messi, who is from another planet.
“But you could say that Lewandowski is the best striker in the world alongside Luis Suarez.”
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