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Barcelona Targets Rising Star Murillo in Premier League Tug-of-War

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Barcelona is reportedly vying with PSG and other Premier League clubs to secure the promising center-back Murillo.

The market shows no mercy. Not a week goes by without Barcelona being involved in some surprising operation that deviates from the planned script by the club’s sporting direction. Such is the case with the latest rumor emerging from the Premier League. The Daily Mail asserts that Barcelona is pursuing the signature of Murillo Santiago Costa dos Santos. Not only that, but the Catalan club is also reportedly competing directly with PSG to secure the services of the promising center-back from Nottingham Forest.

Murillo, at just 21 years old, has been one of the standout players in Nottingham’s modest squad. The left-footed center-back has cemented his place in the starting eleven and has undergone significant qualitative growth in recent months, leading to several market rumors. His valuation is said to be below 30 million euros, although the presence of Barcelona and PSG in a presumed auction fuels speculation about a potential transfer. Additionally, the information from the English newspaper also suggests that Premier League giants such as Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal, among others, have also inquired about Murillo’s future and price.

Murillo arrived at Nottingham Forest last summer from Corinthians, and his contract doesn’t expire until 2028. However, his current club is in a relegation position, which likely means they would have to offload their key players to balance the books by the end of the season. In any case, Barcelona’s initial market diagnosis necessitates a significant chapter of departures in the defensive axis. With the emergence of Pau Cubarsí, the contractual return of loaned players like Eric García or Lenglet, and the ever-present option of recalling Chadi Riad, there’s a crowded field of top-tier players to cover the defensive line. It’s time to apply common sense and be effective in departures before considering possible arrivals.

Furthermore, the team must free up spots that lead to significant savings in the wage bill. Many tasks await the sporting area of FC Barcelona this summer.