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Barcelona Secures Deal for 16-Year-Old African Sensation Ibrahim Diarra



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Barcelona, the reigning La Liga champions, have successfully inked a deal to acquire the talented 16-year-old African attacker, Ibrahim Diarra, as reported by renowned Spanish journalist Albert Roge. Diarra, a rising star from Academie Africa Foot, is the latest addition to Barcelona’s tradition of nurturing young talents.

Hailing from Mali, Ibrahim Diarra has made significant strides in his career at Academie Africa Foot, where he currently captains Mali’s Under-17 team. His leadership was evident in the recent FIFA Under-17 World Cup, showcasing his potential on the global stage.

Primarily a right-winger, Diarra is recognized for his direct style of play in the final third and a keen eye for goal. Despite his youth, Barcelona has been quick to recognize his potential, and the teenager is set to join the club once he turns 18 at the close of the coming year.

Barcelona’s commitment to scouting and securing young talents has been a key strategy, resulting in the successful integration of players like Gavi and Pedri into the first team. In addition to Diarra, the club has recently triumphed in signing promising players such as Pablo Torre, Mikayil Faye, and Trilli.

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While the club is actively pursuing other prospects, including the highly sought-after Gabriel Moscardo, Diarra’s signing reinforces Barcelona’s dedication to building a strong foundation for the future.

Due to FIFA regulations, Diarra, being under 18, will not immediately join Barcelona. The restriction prevents European clubs from signing players under 18 from outside the continent. However, with Diarra turning 18 in December 2024, he is expected to make his arrival at the Catalan club by the end of the following year.

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Upon joining Barcelona, Diarra is likely to become part of the youth team. If his progression continues, the 16-year-old African sensation could emerge as a promising long-term solution in the attacking third alongside fellow talent Lamine Yamal.

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