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20-year-old Barcelona target will be sold, confirms club president: “His price is €8 million”



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Speaking in an interview (h/t Tenfield), Jose Luis Palma, the president of Liverpool Montevideo, has confirmed that Barcelona target Fabricio Diaz will likely be sold this summer and that his price will be €8 million.

Diaz, 20, is one of the most coveted young midfielders after his performances for Liverpool Montevideo as well as the Uruguayan youth national teams.

Despite being just 20 years old, the defensive midfielder has already made over 100 appearances for his club and is also the captain of the first team.

Moreover, he led Uruguay to the FIFA U-20 World Cup triumph earlier this month, after having taken them to the finals of the South American U-20 Championship earlier this month.

Naturally, a number of clubs in Europe have taken note of his progression as well as potential, with Barcelona among his admirers.

The Catalan giants are in the market for a new defensive midfielder following Sergio Busquets’ departure. And Diaz is an option being looked at with an eye on the present as well as the future.

It had been previously suggested that the Uruguayan youngster would be available for €6 million, but his price tag shot up after the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Now, Liverpool Montevideo president Palma has confirmed that Diaz, along with his teammate Luciano Rodriguez, will very likely be sold this summer. He also added that the 20-year-old Barcelona target would be available for €8 million.

“His price is €8 million. It is likely that he will be sold in August,” Palma said.

It had been reported that Barcelona’s pursuit of Diaz had gone cold of late due to economic conditions. But a price tag of €8 million should be within reach of the La Liga champions.

However, with other priority targets currently in the line of focus, only time will tell if the Blaugrana decide to go after the Uruguayan prodigy with greater intent.

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