Manchester City and Bayern Munich are closely following the situation of Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
According to a Fichajes report, Barcelona could have a real battle as it struggles to retain the services of Riqui Puig. The young midfielder’s contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season, thus warning European giants such as Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
In fact, Puig is one of three players along with Lionel Messi and Oscar Minguez, whose contracts are about to expire. Although Barcelona fully intended to renew Puig’s contract, they admit that things could be harder than expected given that the youngster does not have time to play in the first team.
Puig’s rocky relationship with Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman could also be a key factor in persuading him to move elsewhere during the summer. This could be a big discovery in the transfer market as the 21-year-old is considered one of the world’s best young midfielders, despite a lack of chances at the Nou Camp.
For Barcelona, the potential departure of Puig could be a big blow, especially from a sporting perspective. The club has relied too much on aging midfielders in recent weeks, and is still working with Miralem Pjanic and Sergio Busquets in the current squad. In addition, they lack reliable long-term options in the middle of the park, except for Frenkie de Jong, who would have Carles Allen.
In that respect, the absence of someone like Puig should be forced once again Blaugrana go through another transitional phase. It is already rumored that they entertained the idea of landing players like Philippe Coutinho, so any further departure will surely make things more difficult for the new management.
As for Manchester City, the possibility of signing Puig next season seems like a great opportunity for Pep Guardiola to strengthen his midfield, which lacks consistency this season. In that respect, the young man can not only add a little healthy competition, but he will also become a long-term replacement for his compatriot David Silva.
However, the giants of the Premier League will have to prepare for strong competition from Bayern. The European champions could look for a new midfielder after Thiago left for Liverpool, while Marc Roca slowly began his career in Germany – giving Hansi Flick an ideal excuse to go after the Barcelona midfielder. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Puig.