The FC Barcelona board of directors continues its search for young South American talents, and on this occasion, Óscar Zambrano is on the Catalan club’s radar. The 19-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder has drawn the attention of Barça after his outstanding performance with the U-20 team in the World Cup and LDU Quito.
Once the signing of Vitor Roque is made official, FC Barcelona will turn its attention to another jewel of South American football, this time with the aim of reinforcing the midfield in the long term. After a frustrated negotiation by Arda Güler, in Ecuador they affirm that the culé board has already initiated contacts for Óscar Zambrano, who has left good impressions both in his club and in the Ecuadorian Under-20 team.
The next South American pearl that Barcelona wants after Vitor Roque
He Quito University Sports League player He played a fundamental role in the team led by Miguel Bravo during the World Cup played in Argentina last month. Zambrano stood out as a pivot in a team that left the tournament with a bittersweet feeling, after losing in the round of 16 against South Korea (2-3), a team that surprised them by advancing to the semifinals.
Considered a “low-cost pivot” thinking about the future, according to the specialized Ecuadorian soccer program ‘El Canal del Fútbol’, FC Barcelona could present an offer shortly for Zambrano. The midfielder’s value has risen to 600,000 euros on Transfermarkt after his outstanding performance in the U-20 World Cup. Óscar has played 12 games with LDU Quito this year, starting 10 of the 11 games in which he was available.
In addition, Zambrano had an outstanding participation in the South American Under-20 tournament played in Ecuador, where he played eight of the nine games for his team, registering one assist and starting five times. “We know that there are European teams interested in Óscar Zambrano, but we have not yet received any concrete offer. He, like all the LDU players, had a good World Cup. Not excellent, but good,” said Esteban Paz, director of the group Ecuadorian, in an interview.
FC Barcelona continues to look for young talent to reinforce its squad and maintain its competitiveness both in the domestic league and in European competitions. Óscar Zambrano has become an emerging promise, and the fans of the Catalans hope that the possible signing of him will materialize to strengthen the midfield and offer a promising future to the club.