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Barcelona very interested in €6 million-rated South American defensive midfielder



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It is no secret that Barcelona tend to search the unexplored territories of the South American lands in order to unearth a new gem. They have their eyes on a move for Brazilian wonderkid Vitor Roque for the summer.

And it seems like they have identified another young pearl from South America as a target. The player in question is a certain 20-year-old Fabricio Diaz.

A defensive midfielder for Liverpool Montevideo, Duza has burst onto the scenes with his stunning displays in the 2023 South American U-20 Championship.

The youngster, who captained his side, went on to score five goals and two assists in eight games, helping them finish as the runners-up.

Barcelona have been watching the 20-year-old for quite some time and if a report from SPORT is to be believed, the team already has a purchase price for the midfielder. It claims that anywhere around €6 million will do the trick.

Diaz, despite his young age, has already made more than 100 appearances for his side, and the interest in the midfielder has substantially grown in recent weeks.

As for Barcelona, signing a midfielder could become an essential task for the team mostly because the future of Sergio Busquets continues to hang in the air.

Although club president Joan Laporta has admitted that the team is willing to offer him a new deal, the final decision rests with the player.

So in order to get a replacement, Barcelona have decided to explore the South American territories. While the likes of Andrey Santos, Danilo and Joao Gomes were touted to be potential signings, the trio decided to seek their futures elsewhere.

Interestingly, Diaz’s association with Barcelona is certain to cost lesser that the aforementioned Brazilians.

Furthermore, what works in Barcelona’s favour is the fact that their approach with a certain Ronald Aruajo in the past worked wonders.

The defender joined Barcelona back in August 2018 from the Uruguayan Primera Division side Boston River and his development has simply been breathtaking. And it is believed that the Blaugrana want to repeat the trick with Diaz.

If signed, the defensive midfielder will be sent to the reserve team as was done with Araujo. Once he progresses through the ranks, the ultimate aim would be his inclusion in the first team.

Player valuation in title obtained from on date of publication.

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