Barcelona tell Ernesto Valverde dream €250m transfer plan to succeed Lionel Messi in 2019

Barcelona have reportedly already informed manager Ernesto Valverde of their plans to seal the transfer of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah as the long-term successor to Lionel Messi.

While Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe is also an option in that position depending on the outcome of his club’s Financial Fair Play saga, club chiefs are planning for Salah.

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This is according to Don Balon, who report the Catalan giants will set aside €250million to sign a long-term heir to club legend Messi, with Salah seen as the most similar player to the Argentine.

It’s true that there are similarities between the Egyptian and Messi, with the left-footed attacker tending to start wide on the right before using his pace, skill, and superb finishing to break into the box and hit an impressive number of goals for a winger.

Last season, Salah netted a remarkable 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, picking up the Golden Boot and PFA Player of the Year prizes to establish himself firmly as among the finest footballers in the world.

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Mohamed Salah has been on fire for Liverpool and seems an ideal transfer for Barcelona
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There’s no doubt the 26-year-old could be a great fit at a top club like Barcelona, though of course he’s surely a long way from matching Messi, who has scored at freakishly good levels throughout a long career at the top of the game.

Mbappe, meanwhile, is a superb youngster who looks set to become the next superstar after the Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo-dominated generation.

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