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PSG Offers FC Barcelona $268 Million For Lamine Yamal

Paris Saint Germain has offered FC Barcelona $268 million (€250 million) for its prodigy Lamine Yamal according to Mundo Deportivo, which cited anonymous sources.

Earlier in 2024, MARCA reported on PSG tabling a $214 million (€200 million) bid for the La Masia product which Barca president Joan Laporta confirmed had been received and turned down during an episode of his podcast.

Three months later, the Qatari-backed French giant has upped the ante and is ready to smash the world transfer record it set in 2017 when triggering Neymar’s $238 million (€222 million) release clause at Camp Nou.

Barca learned its lesson from the bombshell development by going on to routinely insert $1.07 billion (€1 billion) release clauses into the contracts of its most valuable young players such as Lamine, Gavi and Pedri to name but a few.

And while PSG won’t go that far to obtain a player who it views as the perfect replacement for Kylian Mbappe – who will join the Catalans’ bitter rivals FC Barcelona on a free transfer – it is prepared to boast the top three most expensive signings of all time when also considering the $193 million (€180 million) it paid to land a teenage Mbappe from Monaco, also in 2017.

There is no word yet on whether Barca is willing to accept the mouthwatering offer, but it seems unlikely despite its manyfold economic problems brought on by squandering the Neymar money on expensive flop signings and a lack of revenue during the pandemic.

During the mentioned episode of his podcast, Laporta said: “We have offers for players like Lamine Yamal worth €200 million, and we have said no.”

“Because we trust in the boy, in his sporting projection, and we don’t have the need [to accept]. On the contrary. We are in a process of economic recovery and can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Laporta added.

At a time when Barca struggles to compete in the transfer market and badly wants to return to the 1:1 rule under Financial Fair Play limits, however, it would be understandable to at least hear PSG out.

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