Leeds linked with ambitious loan swoop for Barcelona prospect

Date published: Monday 23rd November 2020 2:33 - Samuel Bannister

Leeds United could have the chance to sign Riqui Puig from Barcelona on loan in January, according to a report.

Puig is one of Barcelona’s most prized academy graduates, but is finding gametime hard to come by in Ronald Koeman’s midfield.

The 21-year-old has managed just three minutes of action in La Liga so far this season. Therefore, he is now considering leaving on loan – according to 90min.

Puig still believes he has a chance of making it at Camp Nou – with a conversation with Lionel Messi proving critical in persuading him – but fears he may have to wait until Koeman leaves to get that chance. The future of the coach should become clearer once Barcelona elect their next president next year.

In the meantime, Puig wants to continue his development by getting as much playing time as possible. He will probably have to leave on loan to do so – as Koeman has advised him to.

According to 90min, his agent has offered Leeds the chance to sign him on loan.

Marcelo Bielsa has proven a big factor in convincing some players to try their luck with the West Yorkshire outfit, who gained promotion to the Premier League earlier this year. If he was able to lure Puig to Elland Road, even on a short-term basis, it would be a major coup.

Leeds spent all summer looking for a central midfielder to add creativity. They failed to meet the asking price for top target Rodrigo De Paul, before a move for Michael Cuisance fell through.

Now, it appears a midfielder is still on Bielsa’s wishlist – although it is not yet clear whether he will actually pursue Puig or not.


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Other suitors for Puig

If Leeds do generate an interest in Puig, they will have to act quickly. Several other sides are in contention to take him on a temporary basis.

The report claims other Premier League teams could weigh up a move, but does not name any of them. However, some of the European teams keen on Puig are mentioned.

Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig have a good track record of developing young players, for example, and could offer Puig Champions League football.

Ligue 1 side Monaco are also keen on the Spain under-21 international, according to the report.

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