In one of the shocks of the transfer window so far, LA Galaxy completed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig on a free transfer. The player will not take up any of the ‘designated player spots’ in the team, and his salary will be in line with the rest of the league cap.
Despite that, though, the move is in line with the MLS trying to expand its arms to reshape its image as a retirement league. And it seems like they are not done with their shopping in Barcelona yet.
According to reports from AS, LA Galaxy are interested in signing Sergi Roberto from Barcelona.
The MLS giants had already made an approach for the Spaniard in the winter, and the negotiations with Barcelona helped them form a good relationship with the club.
They are now ready to pursue Roberto’s signature once again, hoping to complete it in the coming weeks. Barcelona, who are forced to sell players to raise money to register signings, could be forced to let the player leave even though he just renewed his contract for one year.
That said, Roberto’s recent contributions to the team have been highly topsy-turvy. He has been injured for most of the last two seasons, playing just 24 league games across 2020/21 and 2021/22.
Xavi had openly spoken about how Roberto could turn out to be a valuable asset to Barça this season, especially as an inverted full-back or interior. These rumours are still in the early stages, and could quickly implode soon.