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Barcelona’s Jaden Philogene pursuit is the latest in a long line of odd transfer moves

Barcelona’s interest in Jaden Philogene isn’t new, surprising though that may be to culers.

Back in 2021 the youngster had apparently been scouted by the club along with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.

At the time he was playing for Aston Villa’s academy side and despite the overtures from the continent, the Londoner decided to stay with the Villans and sign his first professional contract with them.

That was shown to be a poor decision with the now 22-year-old only managing eight minutes of Premier League action with the club over three seasons.

Eleven games with Stoke City, 37 with Cardiff City and 32 with current club, Hull City, have all come in the English Championship.

A tough, physical and often brutal league, one could certainly argue that Philogene’s skill set has lit up the English second tier, but it’s a stretch to acknowledge that he might be able to have the same effect in the Spanish top-flight.

It does seem Barcelona’s interest is real, however, as Sky Sports Germany’s Florian Plettenberg has gone as far as to suggest that the Catalans have already made an official offer for the player.

One can only assume that cost is a major factor in any pursuit for the left winger, given that all of Luis Diaz, Dani Olmo and Nico Williams would cost significantly more.

That being the case, the club might want to look at the blueprint of cheaper signings from recent times to understand that foraging for gold in the bargain bin isn’t always the best option.

Notwithstanding that Barcelona have had to get incredibly creative financially over the past few seasons, Josep Maria Bartomeu preferring to sign Martin Braithwaite instead of Erling Haaland is undoubtedly the greatest example of a club making cost the major factor in a deal.


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In general terms you get what you pay for and sometimes, even if it’s difficult to achieve, if there’s a willingness to get a certain deal done, the club has to go the extra mile in negotiations.

The names of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Adama Traore should also strike fear into the hearts of culers too.

They were also deals so cheap that Barca thought they were getting a bargain, and yet it quickly became clear in both cases that they weren’t right for the club.

Quality is an issue when you’re pulling on the blaugrana shirt.

It simply isn’t right to sign a player with no top-flight experience whatsoever and then expect him to set the world alight.

We’re talking different levels here.

I’d love to be proved wrong, but at this stage this potential deal leaves me with a feeling of ‘oh no, not again.’

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