Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed today that they have captured young Barcelona star Iker Bravo from the club's fabled La Masia academy.
Die Werkself announced the signing via the club's official Twitter account.
🆕👦⚫️❤️‼️— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) July 28, 2021
🇪🇸 Iker Bravo (16) has joined the Bayer 04 youth academy from FC Barcelona! pic.twitter.com/PRNs16Kxav
The 16-year-old center-forward was one of the finest young attackers coming through the ranks at La Masia. He was the star for Barca’s Under-16 (Cadete A) side last season, helping them win the league title on the back of his goals.
Assigned to Barcelona’s Juvenil B outfit for the new season, Bravo refused to pen a new contract that was put forth by the Catalan giants as it did not meet his demands either financially or sportingly, as per Diario Sport.
The teenager was keen on being pushed to the Juvenil A side, but that was not the case, which played a part in his decision.
The youngster, on the back of his performances last season, had been attracting plenty of interest from several clubs in Europe. Italian giants AS Roma and Juventus, who have previously raided the Barcelona academy for talents like Alejandro Marques and Pablo Moreno, were interested in the 16-year-old.
However, it is Bayer Leverkusen that have come out on top in the race to secure the services of the teenage forward. “Iker Bravo is a real talent. However, we were able to persuade him and his family that Leverkusen is exactly the right place for his next steps,” said sporting director Simon Rolfes after the completion of the move.