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Barcelona linked with surprise move for Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka


are currently contemplating the prospect of acquiring Napoli‘s talented midfielder, Stanislav Lobotka. The interest in Lobotka from Barca’s coach, Xavi, has been publicly acknowledged in recent weeks, indicating a potential move in the making.

Throughout the current season, Stanislav Lobotka has been a prominent figure in Napoli’s squad, featuring in 40 matches and contributing with one assist.

Furthermore, his international career with Slovakia boasts an impressive record, having participated in 52 games and netting 4 goals for his national team.

Stanislav Lobotka
Stanislav Lobotka

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Stanislav Lobotka has expressed a desire to join Barcelona for the upcoming season. His agent, Branislav Jarusek, has capitalized on Xavi’s admiration for his client, initiating discussions regarding a potential transfer with Barca’s sporting director, Deco.

Beyond Xavi’s vocal appreciation for Lobotka’s abilities, the midfielder’s extensive experience, at the age of 29, serves as a valuable asset. His proficiency on the field is undeniable, complemented by his familiarity with the Spanish league, having previously plied his trade with Celta Vigo.

However, amidst the enthusiasm surrounding Lobotka’s potential move to Barcelona, certain hurdles loom large. Firstly, there’s the impending departure of Xavi from his coaching role at Barca, scheduled for the summer. Additionally, Lobotka is tied down by a contract with Napoli that extends until 2027, posing a potential obstacle in negotiations.

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Despite the challenges, the allure of donning the iconic Blaugrana jersey and gracing the hallowed Camp Nou turf remains a compelling prospect for Stanislav Lobotka. The opportunity to join a club of Barcelona’s stature, steeped in rich history and renowned for its commitment to excellence, is one that few players would pass up.

For Barcelona, securing the services of a player of Lobotka’s caliber could significantly bolster their midfield options and inject fresh dynamism into their gameplay. With Xavi at the helm, there’s a palpable sense of ambition and rejuvenation within the club, making it an enticing destination for aspiring talents like Lobotka.


As the transfer saga unfolds, all eyes will be on Barcelona and Napoli, eagerly anticipating the outcome of negotiations surrounding Stanislav Lobotka’s potential move to the Catalan giants. In the ever-evolving landscape of football, anything is possible, and the prospect of Lobotka gracing the Camp Nou stage could soon become a reality.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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