SPORTS LA Galaxy sign Puig from Barca on free transfer


LA Galaxy sign Puig from Barca on free transfer

19:16, August 05, 2022

Barcelona's Riqui Puig (R) vies with Cornella's Agus Medina during the a Spanish King's Cup 1/16 final soccer match between FC Barcelona and UE Cornella in Cornella, Spain on Jan. 21, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

FC Barcelona have confirmed that 22-year-old midfielder Riqui Puig has agreed to join MLS outfit Los Angeles Galaxy on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The move ends the midfielder's eight-year relationship with the club he joined in 2014, and a frustrating time in which he was never able to hold down a regular place in Barca's first team.

The deal sees Barcelona maintain a buyback option from the Galaxy and assure themselves of 50 percent of the value of any future sale.

Puig impressed as a junior and in Barca's B-team, where he made 66 appearances before making his first-team debut in the 2018-19 season.

A technically gifted but tactically flawed player, he has been viewed as the natural successor to Andres Iniesta, but in the following years, Puig made just 60 first-team appearances, with the majority of them as a substitute.

Barca are still looking to offload striker Martin Braithwaite this summer, with Celta Vigo mentioned as a possible destination for the Danish international.

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