Press reports said that Barcelona and Real Madrid are racing to win the services of the talent of the French club Lorient, Elie Junior Cropi (17 years old), who some consider to be the successor to the star Kylian Mbappe, the top scorer of Paris Saint-Germain.
Karroubi (17 years old) performed wonderfully this season in the French League. He scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in 8 matches.
— FC LORIENT 🐟 (@FCLorient) October 9, 2023
First goal for @JKroupi22 in the French U18 team! ⚽️⚡️🇫🇷
The Blues currently lead 1 goal to 0 against Switzerland in a friendly match. pic.twitter.com/GYtCUDChBm
— FC LORIENT 🐟 (@FCLorient) October 16, 2023
The emerging midfielder is distinguished by his speed and goalscoring sense, and is also appreciated for his ability to play in more than one position.
He is able to play in midfield, on the wing, or as a number 9 striker. Some even compare him, due to his early maturity, to the Spanish talent of Moroccan origin, Al-Amin Djamel, the 16-year-old Barcelona player.
Elie Junior Cropi is linked to Lorient with a contract extending until 2026, and his market value is estimated at 8 million euros and is likely to rise in the coming months.
Karroubi joined his hometown club since he was seven years old, and showed high skills in the age group teams.
The player, born in June 2006 – the son of former Ivory Coast national team star Elie Mroubi – has attracted the interest of many European clubs, but Barcelona and Real Madrid seem the closest to including him.
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