FC Schalke 04 have two of the most exciting young midfielders in Europe in Amine Harit and Suat Serdar, and both players are reportedly drawing interest from FC Barcelona.
Over the past year, FC Barcelona and FC Schalke 04 have had plenty to discuss. Firstly, Barcelona loaned Juan Miranda to Schalke in the hopes the young left back would get some playing time behind Bastian Oczipka, but Oczipka played so well that Miranda’s only appearances came when the veteran fullback moved to center back due to injuries. Now, Miranda is ready for a loan spell elsewhere so he can finally play.
Likewise, Jean-Clair Todibo probably won’t be back in Gelsenkirchen after the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season ends. Unlike Miranda, Todibo was able to receive regular playing time, shining at a high level and even garnering the club’s Player of the Month award in February. However, it doesn’t seem like Barcelona will extend the future world-class center back’s loan and will instead look to sell him to obtain much-needed cash. Everton could be a logical situation.
The links between both clubs don’t stop at defenders, though. According to a report from Mundo Deportivo’s Gabriel Sans, La Blaugrana remain interested in 22-year-old center attacking midfielder Amine Harit.
Harit was linked to Barcelona before the winter transfer window opened, but he signed a new deal with the Royal Blues with a release clause of 60 million euros. The Morocco international should still interest Barcelona, but, per Mundo Deportivo, Barça understandably have bigger priorities. Still, Harit was incredible in the Hinrunde of the Bundesliga campaign and has the quality to start for a team like Barcelona in the future.
La Blaugrana are also reportedly interested in Suat Serdar, who is a priority for Schalke to extend in order to ward off interest from the Premier League and, now, Barcelona. Among all the possible interested teams, Barça, of course, should worry Schalke the most. But they could also sell Serdar for a good profit to Barcelona.
Mundo Deportivo mentions 25 million euros as a possible asking price from Die Knappen, but Serdar should be worth more after scoring seven goals and being one of Europe’s best all-around box-to-box midfielders in 2019-2020.
Since Harit signed a deal with a release clause worth 60 million euros, keep a close eye for what Serdar’s release clause could be if he does end up penning a new contract with Schalke.