Barcelona’s bet ahead of this unusual transfer market is on La Masía: more specifically on the on-loan Carles Aleñá and Barça B-player Riqui Puig.
The coronavirus pandemic leaves financial consequences in Barcelona, as the transfer budget has changed dramatically and the transfer market is going to be very different. Within the Catalan club, there are not only economic difficulties regarding the transfer budget but the club is also greatly affected by the high salary mass of the first team.
Barcelona wants to solve and improve in the best possible way, but given the conditions, it is time to look towards the youth team and the midfielders chosen to go up to the first team are Carles Aleñá and Riqui Puig.
Carles Aleñá was sent on loan for six months at Real Betis after not being counted on Ernesto Valverde’s team. Although his loan spell in Seville ended earlier than expected due to the football break due to coronavirus, Aleñá left very good feelings while wearing the Verdiblancos‘ shirt and is set to return to answer to the attention of Barcelona.
On the other hand, Riqui Puig has not left Barcelona since he arrived in 2013 and has shone in every category he has gone through. Especially in Barça B, the Matadepera-born midfielder has stood out to the attention of the first team. Step by step, he has had opportunities, but the best seems to be yet to come for the talented youngster.
According to the Spanish news outlet, SPORT, the two academy players will be part of Quique Setién’s first team for next season.
After spending his whole life in the academy football of the Catalan club, and graduating from La Masía, the moment they have been waiting for has finally come.