Barcelona find themselves in a financially strapped situation with pending payments pulling the board in all directions. While the transfers of some players are yet to be amortised, other clubs demand fees based on the performance-related bonuses of their former stars.
One such clause that is close to being triggered is in the case of Pedri . The youngster has established himself as a regular under Xavi Hernandez’s command over the past season and is an undisputed starter for the team.
Reports earlier this week revealed that if the Canary Islander played 45 more minutes for the club in three more games, Barcelona would be obligated to pay Las Palmas an additional €5 million. But the Catalans are keen on avoiding paying such a fee.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have found an interesting formula to slip away from the aforementioned commitment. The idea involves a player from La Masia whom Las Palmas are interested in signing permanently – Mika Marmol.
The 22-year-old defender moved to FC Andorra on a free transfer last summer and even made 37 appearances in the Segunda division during his time there.
MD report that the Blaugranas will utilise their €1 million buyback clause on Marmol and immediately sell him to Las Palmas. As part of the above transaction, the newly-promoted La Liga side will exempt the Catalans from the upcoming €5 million bonus to be paid for Pedri.
The specifics of the operation are not entirely clear, but after some negotiations it appears that an agreement might be close.
All parties stand to gain from the aforementioned operation. While Marmol will get to play first-division football, Barcelona save themselves a sizeable fee and Las Palmas win the services of a promising young centre-back.