Barcelona keeping a keen eye on Hoffenheim's Melayro Bogarde who is in action in the photo
Melayro Bogarde of Hoffenheim controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group L stage match between TSG Hoffenheim and FC Slovan Liberec at PreZero-Arena on November 05, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo Ronald Wittek - Pool/Getty Images)

In a recent report, Gianluca Di Marzio has mentioned that Barcelona are keeping a keen eye on TSG Hoffenheim youngster Melayro Bogarde. It is believed that the Catalans could face competition from AC Milan in pursuit of the Bundesliga sensation as both clubs look to build for the long-run (via Gianluca Di Marzio).

Bogarde’s Impressive Rise In German Football

Bogarde came through the youth ranks of Feyenoord before joining Hoffenheim in the summer of 2018. The 18-year-old made his debut in the German first division back in May and has gone on to make four senior appearances for his current employers since then. He has enjoyed a majestic rise at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena and is currently considered among one of Europe’s best young prospects.

The Dutch whizkid’s uncle, Winston Bogarde used to play for Barcelona, so he could be tempted to walk on the footsteps of his uncle by joining the Catalan giants in the future. Bogarde has given a good account of himself at various youth levels for both Hoffenheim and Netherlands.

What makes him such a highly sought after talent is his versatility to play in multiple positions at the back. The Dutch starlet is primarily a centre-half but can also fill in as a right-back or as a defensive midfielder if required.

Barcelona keeping a keen eye on Hoffenheim's Melayro Bogarde who is seen in the picture
David Hummel of Germany and Melayro Bogarde of Netherlands battle for the ball during U15 Netherlands v U15 Germany International Friendly Match on May 4, 2017, in Wezep, Netherlands. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Are The Dutch Wonderkid’s Best Attributes?

Standing at 1.84m, Bogarde can be an intimidating presence inside his half. He has got a great leap in him that enables him to compete for a lot of 50-50 aerial duels with the opposition. The Dutch prospect has got terrific balance and can be a composed defender at the back. He also possesses a good worth-ethic and seems destined to have a bright future in European football.

Is Bogarde A Prospect To Look Out For In The Future?

With Lionel Messi’s contract with Barca set to expire next summer, it will be the end of a long and successful era at the Nou Camp. Ronald Koeman’s side are expected to go through a period of transition as they look to rebuild the squad for the future. Bogarde could be one of those pieces that they look at as he has the potential to become a regular starter at Catalonia in the years to come.

The Dutch defensive ace will undeniably bolster the quality of Barca’s La Masia academy as Koeman waits for the next big star at the Nou Camp. Bogarde is undeniably a prospect to watch out for in the future, so the La Liga giants will do well to fend off competition from AC Milan and acquire his services for the coming seasons.

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