Barcelona are gearing up for a critical summer ahead. They are expected to bring in loads of new faces as the team undergoes a massive overhaul.
The likes of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen appear likely to join the ranks at Camp Nou next season. But on the flip side, several players could face the axe, including the young and talented Riqui Puig.
Over the past couple of years, the academy graduate has shown immense talent but has never really been able to fulfil his potential, mostly due to a lack of trust put in by the managers.
It has been no exception under Xavi, with the midfielder racking up only one start in La Liga this term. He has fallen behind Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and even Gavi in the pecking order, with many expecting him to leave Camp Nou in the summer.
There is no dearth of suitors either, with La Liga rivals Celta Vigo as well as Italian giants AS Roma among the clubs reportedly interested in his services.
However, sources have told Barça Universal (h/t Blaugrana Nation) that Barcelona want to include a buy-back clause in the deal to sell Puig.
The camp rates the midfielder highly despite his lack of game-time, and have the intention of bringing him back to Camp Nou if he finds success elsewhere.
Puig, for his part, will welcome a move away from Catalonia as he looks to find his breakthrough in professional football elsewhere. The academy graduate has undisputed talent, and can certainly thrive at the top level if he is given the right guidance.
With just a few months remaining before the transfer market opens, it will be interesting to see whether the 22-year-old ends up next season. It could be a big decision for the player, one that could shape his career in the coming years.