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Serie A giants have held talks with 22-year-old Barcelona midfielder

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Out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has generated quite an interest across Europe. As reported by Relevo, the 22-year-old has attracted suitors from Italy in the form of Fiorentina while Benfica continue to remain the most favoured destination.

Puig, 22, has a contract with Barcelona until 2023, but he is one among several players, including Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza, who have been asked to leave the team before the next season.

As reported by the aforementioned outlet, Fiorentina have already held talks with the player and Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio are in the race too. 

Apart from the teams outside of Spain, fellow La Liga side Celta Vigo and Valencia have previously asked about his availability, especially the latter after Gennaro Gattuso’s arrival.

Until last month, Lazio were leading the lot as they were anyway looking to acquire an attacking midfielder with a very technical profile. They believed signing the 22-year-old would be easier to manage as Barcelona have no problem in parting ways.

On top of that, even the player is prioritizing going abroad to get much-needed exposure before coming back to Spain.

As it turns out, however, Benfica have retained their interest as they look forward to adding more numbers in the middle of the park.

For Barcelona, their approach is pretty much straightforward as Xavi has already told Puig and the other transferable players that they are not in his plans. At this moment, the only thing that the La Masia graduate needs to figure out is the destination that will fulfil his aspirations.

As far as Valencia are concerned, they have been hit by a financial hurdle as they have exceeded the salary limit for now, meaning that they cannot really register more players at the moment.

However the market situation is right now, the one thing that is certain is that Puig will have a new team in the summer. 

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