Barcelona open talks over surprise loan transfer for 21-year-old

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Barcelona have reportedly opened talks over sealing the transfer of Red Bull Salzburg left-back Gideon Mensah on loan this summer.

The 21-year-old looks a decent prospect, and seems to be being lined up to join Barca’s B team for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign, according to Ghana Web.

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This seems a slightly surprising move, but it perhaps makes sense for the Catalan giants to get Mensah in on a temporary deal first if they’re currently unsure if they want to sign him permanently.

Still, this rumour also comes as Barcelona look set to offload young left-back Juan Miranda on a two-year loan deal to Schalke.

It may then be that Mensah gets the chance to play as backup in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team squad, with Jordi Alba surely set to remain as first choice left-back.

Although the transfer window is now closed for Premier League clubs, the rest of Europe remains active, with Spanish teams able to make signings until September 2.

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