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LA Galaxy finalizing deal for Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig

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Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig is about to hitch Main League Soccer aspect LA Galaxy on a free switch, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Puig, 23 subsequent week, is predicted to reach within the United States within the coming days to shut the deal earlier than the MLS switch window closes on Thursday.

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As first reported by Mundo Deportivo, sources count on Puig to hitch the Galaxy without spending a dime, however Barca shall be entitled to a proportion of any future switch.

Barca had hoped to herald a charge for Puig this summer season, however, with only one yr to run on his contract, that proved inconceivable for a participant that they had made fairly clear was not a part of their quick future.

Puig was instructed by Barca coach Xavi Hernandez in Might that he’s not a part of his plans for the upcoming season. He was left off the membership’s tour of the US final month to permit him to resolve his future.

A number of European golf equipment have been linked with Puig however he has been enticed by the choice of becoming a member of the Galaxy, with former Barca midfielder Victor Vazquez promoting the membership to him.

Puig joined Barca’s academy in 2013 and made his first-team debut in 2018. He has since made 60 appearances for the membership, however has by no means established himself as a daily regardless of being tipped as one of many pillars of Barca’s future when he first broke via.

He featured occasionally below Ernesto Valverde, however was handed extra common sport time by Quique Setien. Ronald Koeman, who changed Setien, suggested him to exit on mortgage to play usually, however Puig most popular to remain and struggle for his place.

The return of Xavi didn’t change Puig’s state of affairs final season and, after enjoying simply 18 occasions in all competitions in 2021-22, a transfer elsewhere grew to become inevitable.

The Galaxy are in eighth place in MLS’ Western Convention with 30 factors from 22 video games and one spot exterior the playoff locations.

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