Barcelona confirm Riqui Puig’s shock MLS switch

The Spanish starlet has opted to take his talents to the United States

Spanish giants FC Barcelona have, on Thursday, confirmed that an agreement has been reached over the sale of midfielder Riqui Puig.

Those of a Blaugrana persuasion will of course be fully aware of the kind of regard in which 22-year-old Puig was once held in the Catalan capital.

After emerging from the club’s famed La Masia setup to establish himself amongst the first-team ranks at the Camp Nou, the Matadepera native was widely labelled as the ‘next big thing’ by fans and media outlets alike.

Some even went as far as to suggest that Puig was ready to follow in the footsteps of Barca icon Andres Iniesta.

The years since, however, have seen the midfield talent fail to kick on in any way, shape or form.

Whilst fellow youngsters Pedri, Gavi and Nico have gone on to establish themselves as some of the continent’s finest, Puig has faded into the background, failing to win favour under the watch of either Ronald Koeman or Xavi Hernandez.

It therefore shouldn’t come as a massive surprise to hear that, on Thursday, the diminutive midfielder has officially moved on.

What will no doubt shock the masses, though, is confirmation of Puig’s imminent landing spot.

As per a statement across Barcelona’s website and social media platforms, an agreement has been reached for Puig to take his talents to Major League Soccer, with the Los Angeles Galaxy:

‘FC Barcelona and Los Angeles Galaxy have reached an agreement on the transfer of Riqui Puig. The Catalan club reserves the right to repurchase the player and 50% on any future sale.’

The Galaxy themselves, meanwhile, have too confirmed news of the 22-year-old’s arrival:

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Conor Laird

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