Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Senegal youth international Moussa Ndiaye from Aspire Academy on a three-year deal with the option of a two-year extension.
The Spanish giants announced that the 18-year-old left-back has a release clause of €100 million after the total cost of his transfer was around €500,000.
Ndiaye has proven to be a versatile player and can play in both the centre of defence and the flanks. He helped Senegal to a second-place finish at the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger and he was named the Player of the Tournament.
He also played a starring role at the 2019 Wafu Cup of Nations and was named the Man of the Match in the final game as Senegal defeated Ghana on penalties to win the regional title in Thies last October.
Ndiaye joins compatriot Moussa Wague at Camp Nou, but he will team up with Barcelona B – the club’s reserve team – for the 2020-21 season.
Thanks to his outstanding performances on the international scene, Ndiaye was nominated for the 2019 Caf Youth Player of the Year award but he lost to new Inter Milan signing Achraf Hakimi earlier this year.
In his reaction to the transfer, the 18-year-old described the switch from Aspire Academy in Senegal to Camp Nou as an honour and privilege.
“An honour and great pride to join a club as prestigious as Barcelona, work continues,” Ndiaye said.