Barcelona is reportedly eyeing a move for 19-year-old Portuguese talent Jose Melro after missing out on Lucas Bergvall.
Barcelona remains committed to recruiting talented teenagers and is already considering a summer move after losing out on 17-year-old Lucas Bergvall to Tottenham Hotspur. Their latest target is 19-year-old Benfica forward Jose Melro.
Jose Melro, versatile in the final third, has an impressive record of 13 goals in 16 games for Benfica’s under-23 team. This outstanding average, even in substitute appearances, makes him a sought-after talent. Stylistically, he draws comparisons to Joao Felix for his technical abilities and knack for finding spaces behind the forwards.
According to Marca, Barcelona believes they can leverage Jose Melro’s contract situation, as it expires in just under 18 months, giving them a favorable position to sign him. This aligns with their strategy to compete with top clubs like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Manchester City for the best teenage talents globally. Melro is perceived as more accessible compared to others like Bergvall or Claudio Echeverri. Barcelona aims to secure these players before they establish themselves in the first team.
Despite Barcelona’s perspective, it is surprising that Benfica still has Jose Melro in their B team. Barcelona, unable to secure deals for Bergvall and Echeverri due to financial constraints, has, however, signed Mikayil Faye, Noah Darvich, and Ibrahim Diarra in the last 12 months, indicating their commitment to expanding operations for young talents.