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Official: Barcelona reach agreement with LA Galaxy for Riqui Puig

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Just a few days after sanctioning the sale of Oscar Mingueza, FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with LA Galaxy for the sale of yet another fringe player, in the form of Riqui Puig.

The young midfielder has joined the MLS outfit in order to take the next step in his career, the club confirmed in an official statement. It was revealed that both Barça and LA Galaxy had reached an agreement, with the Catalans reserving the rights to re-sign the player.

Barcelona have also retained a 50% value of Puig’s future sell, meaning they are entitled to half of the transfer fee amount should LA Galaxy look to move him on, in the coming years.

Puig’s move to the United States will be a surprise, to be sure, as many had expected the midfielder to remain in one of Europe’s top-five clubs and further his development, perhaps even in La Liga with Celta Vigo interested in his services.

But the Spaniard should be quite ecstatic about joining an LA Galaxy side that is home to footballing stars such as Chicharito and Douglas Costa. The addition of Puig, in that regard, should help Greg Vanney’s men offer some creativity in the final third.

The official statement from Barcelona has not disclosed the exact transfer valuation nor the exact length of Puig’s personal contract with LA Galaxy, but the club will be delighted to have gotten rid of yet another fringe player.

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