Another high-profile player from Europe is arriving to MLS this summer. According to multiple reports, LA Galaxy is on the verge of completing a deal for Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig.
Reportedly, Galaxy will get Puig on a free transfer, but Barca will be entitled to a percentage of any future transfer earnings the MLS side makes. The 22-year-old Spaniard is set to arrive in the United States in the next couple of days to finalize the move. The MLS transfer window closes on Thursday.
Barca has been trying to offload Puig for a while now, but there were hardly any takers for the player who was labeled as the “next big thing” in La Liga just several years ago. Eventually, the Catalan giants had to be content with just having his wages off their books.
Riqui Puig spent his youth career with Barcelona’s La Masia academy before making his debut for the club’s reserve team Barcelona B in 2018. Puig would make his first team debut later that year in Copa del Rey while finishing the 2018–19 campaign with two La Liga appearances.
Many believed at this point that Puig was set for big things, but this didn’t prove to be the case. He never managed to cement his place in the first team, causing Barca’s new head coach Xavi to deem him surplus to requirements shortly after his arrival.