FC Barcelona's Interest in Benfica's Rising Star and Marc Vidal's Future

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After being in the news as a midfielder hunting club, FC Barcelona has finally shown interest in a player who isn't a midfielder. According to Marca, a 19-year-old Benfica forward has caught Barcelona's eyes and the club might make their moves for a transfer.

Portuguese talent José Miguel Reis Melro, or simply known as José Melro, has attracted interest from clubs around Europe. The forward's contract runs till June 2025, hence Benfica must start their preparations if the player isn't likely to stay.

Melro is a forward similar to João Félix. He is left-footed, who primarily plays as a second striker or a winger, mainly from the right. The Santarém native has averaged one goal every 73 minutes and has scored 10 goals for Benfica till date.

Barça's Sporting Director Deco has previously played for Benfica and has good relations with the club. Deco is also a prominent name in the Portuguese and Brazilian market. All Barcelona needs to do is play their cards right and seal the deal before other clubs enter the race.

Barça Atlètic Goalkeeper Marc Vidal's future remains uncertain

Barca's goalkeeper, Marc Vidal, faces an uncertain future
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Marc Vidal has become a regular in Rafael Márquez's selection. The goalkeeper has played 14 out of 19 games so far and has started the last 6 in a row. Astralaga only occasionally replaces Marc in the selection.

The goalkeeper is on a loan from Andorra and has since become an immovable force for the B team. According to Mundo Deportivo, his impeccable performances have attracted interest from Mallorca, Villareal, Elche and Levante.

The 23-year-old's contract with Andorra ends in 2025. The Blaugranes have made it clear that they would like the goalkeeper to stay for another season, but it will depend on various factors such as the player's interests and Andorra's plans.

Marc decided to join Barcelona after trying his luck at Villareal, Betis and Andorra, where he was the reserve keeper. After impressing the Barça coaches with his talent between the sticks and footwork, the Spaniard cemented his spot as the first choice keeper under Rafa Márquez's management.