Bradley Barcola’s Next Club

Fabrizio Romano and Téléfoot are reporting that potential Chelsea and Manchester City target Bradley Barcola is nearing a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The young winger, who will turn 21 on September 2nd, signed a contract with Lyon in 2021 that lasts until 2024. Lyon won’t want to lose this prodigious talent to a Ligue 1 rival, but they will be more fearful of losing him on a free transfer when his contract runs out.

Barcola grew up in the Lyon suburb of Villeurbanne before joining the Lyon youth setup. His debut came in a 3-0 Europa League group win against Sparta Prague on November 4th, 2021. Coming on as a late substitute, he was able to provide an assist for Toko Ekambi in the dying minutes.

He has notched up 7 French under-21 games in 2023 and fans expect him to be knocking on the door of the national team soon enough. It is clear that his intentions lie with France despite qualifying to represent Togo, whom his brother, Malcolm Barcola represents.

Bradley Barcola made a total of 26 appearances for Lyon in the 2022/23 season with 11 of these coming from the bench. Barcola chipped in with an impressive 8 assists and 5 goals in just 1438 minutes of play. This works out as a goal contribution for every 111 minutes played.

This form saw him catch the eye of some of Europe’s top teams and Lyon has slapped a price tag of between £40 and £50 million for the highly-rated player.

Lyon’s poor start to the season has already seen them fall down to around eighth-favourites to win Ligue 1 this season at around 80/1. Paris Saint-Germain are, as expected, favourites at around 23/10 despite losing Neymar to the lure of Saudi riches. Ligue 1 offers a range of great markets and handicap betting without PSG can be one of the most tempting. 

The handicap betting market is a lot more competitive with Marseille as current favourites with odds just under 2/1 at many of the betting sites reviewed here. Monaco at 7/2, Lille at 4/1, and Lyon and Rennes at around 7/1 are also worthwhile prospects this season, but could we see Lyon’s odds slump with Barcola’s departure? With opportunities to compete in Europe and for silverware, PSG will be tempting for Barcola who already knows the league well, and his signing there could help make the club even hotter favourites for the title this season.

The PSG forward line already looks exciting with the capture of Ousmane Dembélé from Barcelona and the generational talent of Kylian Mbappé. Playing alongside these current French international stars would likely improve his own chances of a call-up, especially if they can form a good partnership.

A €35 million bid has already been turned down, and PSG may turn their attention to PSV winger Johan Bakayoko, especially if they are knocked out of the Champions League qualifiers again by Rangers.

An alternative move could see free-spending Chelsea come in for the forward who can play in a number of positions across the front line. Chelsea’s inability to give managers the time it takes to build a team and the revolving door that sees players coming and going could put him off.

One thing that could work in Chelsea’s favour is the lure of the Premier League. Success in one of the most competitive leagues in the world would guarantee international football and the potential of a move to any club in the world.

Manchester City had been linked with a move for Barcola, but the current champions of Europe recently invested £55.5 million in fellow Ligue 1 winger Jeremy Doku from Rennes. 

The 21-year-old Belgian also plays on the right wing, but Barcola’s versatility could still make him a valuable signing for a team that needs strength and depth to compete in all competitions.

Other potential suitors include Liverpool, who have been relatively quiet in this transfer window. Chelsea will be hoping to beat their Premier League rivals to this signing like they already have with Lavia and Caicedo this season.

One thing is for sure, whoever he ends up signing for will have an exciting talent on their books. Barcola is a versatile and direct forward with an eye for goal, but he is also capable of chipping in defensively and has a great work ethic.

Lyon will be sad to see him go, but they can’t afford to lose out on a windfall of over £40 million.

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