The case of Barcelona young midfielder Riqui Puig, whose deal ends at the end of the season, is currently being closely watched by Manchester City and Bayern Munich according to the latest rumour.
Barcelona may have a real war on their hands, according to a study by Fichajes, as they look to maintain Riqui Puig’s services. At the end of the season, the young midfielder’s deal at Camp Nou expires, alerting European giants like Bayern Munich and Manchester City to this.
The tumultuous relationship between Puig and Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman may also be a crucial factor in persuading him in the summer to move elsewhere.
It will be a huge revelation in the transfer sector as, considering his lack of opportunities at the Nou Camp, the 21-year-old is known as one of the finest young midfielders in world football.
For Barcelona, Puig’s possible departure could be a big blow, especially from a sporting point of view. In recent weeks, the club has already looked very over-reliant on aged midfielders and is still working on the latest roster with the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Sergio Busquets.
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Also, apart from Frenkie de Jong, and Carles Alena, there is a lack of stable long-term alternatives in the centre of the park.
As for Manchester City, next season’s likelihood of signing Puig seems like an excellent chance for Pep Guardiola to improve his midfield department, which this season has lacked continuity.
The youngster can not only bring some healthy rivalry in that regard but also appear as a long-term backup for his compatriot David Silva.
The Premier League giants, though, will have to brace themselves for Bayern’s tough competition. Following Thiago’s exit to Liverpool, the European champions may be searching for a new midfielder, though Marc Roca had a poor start to his career in Germany, giving Hansi Flick an ideal opportunity to go for the Barcelona midfielder.