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Leeds United have been offered the opportunity to sign Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig on loan for the remainder of the season.
According to Eurosport, the Spanish giants want the youngster to gain some first-team experience and continue his development. He is clearly not an option for Ronald Koeman this season and a move away from Camp Nou would be ideal for him.
The Barcelona manager urged the youngster to come out on loan earlier this season and gain some first-team experience.
“It’s not true that [Riqui Puig] it is not in our plans. Yesterday I spoke with him. I talk to young players, they have to play. They can’t be playing, ”Koeman said via Brand.
“The, [Carles] Alena, Pedri… I have told them that it costs them a lot and there is a lot of competition. Nothing more.
“I have said to him [Riqui Puig] that has a future here, but it depends on the player. I would recommend that he come out on loan. At 20, young players have to play. They can’t get stuck for a period of time. “
The Eurosport report states that Barcelona are selective about which club they join and have chosen Leeds United as a potential destination for their style of play. Marcelo Bielsa’s team plays high-pressure offensive soccer with a focus on dominance of possession.
The Leeds United manager has helped young midfielders like Kalvin Phillips develop quickly over the past year and Riqui Puig could learn a lot from the Argentine.
It will be interesting to see if the 21-year-old moves to Leeds United this season. He has a high rating in Barcelona and was proposed to replace players like Xavi in the long run.
The transfer could be of mutual benefit and Leeds United should seize the opportunity and sign the youngster. They need to add more depth to their midfield after missing players like Rodrigo De Paul during the summer transfer window. Given this year’s match congestion, Leeds United could certainly use more options in their midfield.
Riqui Puig could add creativity and composure in the center of the park if he manages to adapt to the Premier League. In addition, on loan, it would be a cheap signing and the whites should be on top.