No one could have seen this coming.
Riqui Puig, one of FC Barcelona’s acclaimed youth prospects of recent years, is reportedly nearing a transfer to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano:
The 22-year-old midfielder was considered a top contender for Barcelona’s infamous La Masia academy, but was unable to make the jump to the first team for a variety of reasons.
Following the recent hiring of manager Xavi Hernández, Puig slumped further down the pecking order and doesn’t seem in Xavi’s plans to continue. Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong and Miralem Pjanic are ahead of Puig in the depth chart, along with newly acquired Franck Kessié.
With the MLS secondary transfer window closing on August 4, Galaxy will have a standout midfielder to add to the squad alongside Victor Vázquez, Gaston Brugman, Mark Delgado and Rayan Raveloson. Douglas Costa has been another midfield asset for the team this season, although he operates more on the wide flanks, while Puig is better suited to a central midfield role.
LA Galaxy is currently one spot behind a playoff spot, trailing the Portland Timbers by one point in the standings with a game in hand. Galaxy has 12 regular season games left on the calendar.