Two days ago, we carried a report from Fichajes, who explained Manchester City have ‘have looked’ at Barcelona’s Riqui Puig.
The 21-year-old has been given only 77 minutes of action in all competitions this season, and a lack of opportunities at the Catalan club could force him to look for a new club in January.
Ronald Koeman had informed the midfielder to go out on loan in the summer, but he decided against moving away from the Camp Nou, even on a temporary deal.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Real Betis are one of the clubs who wanted to take the Spaniard on loan in the last window, and they are still believed to be interested.
Manchester City’s interest in the player gets a mention, and the Seville based newspaper explains why it would be difficult for Pep Guardiola’s side to acquire Puig’s signature.
His current deal with Barcelona runs down next summer, but the Blaugrana retain an option to further extend the contract until 2023.
The La Liga giants plan to exercise this option to retain Puig for two more years, and allow him to go out on loan in January, to a club where he can play regularly. This would ‘rule out’ a move to City because the Citizens are only looking at a permanent transfer.
At the same time, it gives an advantage to Betis as they are ready to take him on a loan deal. Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also willing to assure Puig of regular playing time.
Betis have been after Puig for months and with it now being certain he will be allowed to go out on loan in the winter market, they will have to convince the Barca player to join them in January.