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Olympique Lyonnais firm up their stance surrounding young star Bradley Barcola

The 20-year-old French U21 international is classed as one of the brightest young talents anywhere in Europe after a full coming out party in 2022-23 in Ligue 1 after graduating from the academy ranks in 2021-22


French giants Olympique Lyonnais have drawn battlelines on the transfer map in recent days surrounding academy product and club starlet Bradley Barcola as both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea weigh up a potential move for the French youth international.

The 20-year-old French U21 international is classed as one of the brightest young talents anywhere in Europe after a full coming-out party in 2022-23 in Ligue 1 after graduating from the academy ranks in 2021-22.

Per Fabrizio Romano, OL will only consider parting ways with the budding versatile attacking player if they receive a player in exchange across any deal, with both PSG and Chelsea having been informed of their pending demands.

Barcola’s name was put up in lights last season when he bagged a trio of assists in a scintillating 5-4 win over Montpellier, in a match where both Alexandre Lacazette and Elye Wahi hit four goals, but his overall development at OL has been phenomenal across the board.

All told, Barcola made 45 appearances for OL, with all seven of his senior goals across all competitions coming last season. His overall profile and age are unquestionably ideal for both PSG and Chelsea as well, given that both clubs are now operating under long-term remits focused on a young core that can grow and develop.

It remains unclear who Chelsea or PSG could offer up as part of a swap deal plus cash for the young forward as things stand, but there could be scope to suggest that Romelu Lukaku could be used as a makeweight given his mutual removal from the senior setup under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.


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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.


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