Riqui Puig is going to do the Americas. He didn’t make it to Barca’s tour of the United States but he will fly there as his future is in Los Angeles. Barcelona announced on Thursday the transfer of the midfielder, who turns 23 next week, to the Galaxy. The deal was reached in time to register the footballer in MLS, which was already closing the transfer period.
The interior of Matadepera signs for this season -already started- and three other courses, until 2025. Barça, which provided him with the letter of freedom, reserves the right of redemption by the player for the future and saves 50% of a future sell. With the departure of Puig, the club have already gotten rid of Coutinho, Lenglet, Mingueza and Trincão this summer.
West Coast Tenth
In the Los Angeles team he will coincide with Chicharito Hernández, Douglas Costa and Víctor Vázquez
The Los Angeles Galaxy are tenth in the Western Conference, 18 points behind local rivals Los Angeles FC, and are out of the title play-offs. In the Los Angeles team, he will coincide with the Mexican Chicharito Hernández, with the Brazilian Douglas Costa (ex-Bayern) and with another Barcelona youth team, such as Víctor Vázquez. All three, yes, are already in their thirties. “It’s time to start an exciting new adventure that will challenge me to give my best,” says the footballer after signing.
Riqui Puig has had four coaches, he has had the inside of the first team and he has only played 15 games as a starter, none in the Champions League. Nor Valverde, Setien, Koeman not even Xavi bet on him now. In fact, younger players like Pedri, Gavi or Nico have overtaken him in midfield.
It’s time to start an exciting new adventure that will challenge me to give my best”
A light and technical player, Puig was considered by some to be the epitome of La Masia but packed his bags after just 57 games for Barca, in which he scored two goals. The midfielder is not going to another League team, like Mingueza (at Celta) but is opting for an unusual destination for a European footballer about to turn 23.
In fact, the two players who swapped Camp Nou for MLS were Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez, who were 32 and 31 respectively.
From Europe to MLS
This summer Bale, Héctor Herrera, Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne and Bernardeschi arrived in the league
The former Barcelona player is one of the big recruits for the American championship this summer after the former Madrid player Gareth Bale, Héctor Herrera (from Atlético) or the Italians Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne and Bernardeschi.