Barcelona and Real Madrid are 'keeping tabs on French wonderkid'

Barcelona and Real Madrid are ‘keeping tabs on 17-year-old French wonderkid Eli Junior Kroupi’, with Lorient starlet taking Ligue 1 by storm

  • Barcelona and Real Madrid eye move for French teenage star Eli Junior Kroupi 
  • The 17-year-old forward has starred for Lorient in Ligue 1 so far this season 
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Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keeping tabs on French teenage wonderkid Eli Junior Kroupi.

Both Spanish clubs have turned to the next generation of stars as they look to try and compete with the mega money of Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, and have turned their attention to Ligue 1’s starlet. 

The 17-year-old has taken the league by storm this season for Lorient and has been dubbed ‘the next Kylian Mbappe’ after a string of striking displays. 

He has started over half of the club’s games so far this season, scoring three goals and laying on three assists to become the talk of the French league. 

Kroupi’s first goal for Lorient against Nantes last month made him the club’s youngest-ever goal-scorer. 

17-year-old Eli Junior Kroupri has broken into the Lorient team and is the talk of Ligue 1 

Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keeping an eye on the French wonderkid this season 

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While his two goals in the 3-3 draw with Lyon earlier in October saw him become the youngest player to score a brace in Ligue 1 since  Bernard Zeneir in 1974, at 17 years and 107 days. 

His performances have alerted Europe’s big guns and according to Sport, both Real Madrid and Barcelona are watching him closely. 

In a bid to warn off suitors, Lorient have already put a contract renewal on the table for Kroupi, even though his current deal doesn’t run out until 2026. 

Barcelona are keen to add the Frenchman to their string of young stars, that include names such as Gavi and Pedri, who are already established Spanish internationals as well as their other teenage sensations. 

Marc Guiu was the latest teenager to make an impact at Barcelona after his debut goal 

Real Madrid have invested in youth, spending big money on Eduardo Camavinga and others 

Lamine Yamal has already broken a string of records for club and country after breaking into the Barcelona team this season, aged just 16. 

While this past weekend 17-year-old Marc Guiu made his debut for the club, and scored the winner 23 seconds after coming on off the bench for Xavi’s side. 

Real Madrid have also invested heavily in youth players in recent windows splashing out on players like Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni. 


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