Milan-linked Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig is set to sign a contract extension, a report claims, but his future is still up in the air.
PianetaMilan reported last month that Puig is a Milan target and they want to take advantage of their excellent relationship with Barcelona to start an interesting operation, with an offer of a loan for 18 months with an obligation to buy set at €13m having been sent as per the source.
Calciomercato.com then confirmed on Sunday that Puig is also very much liked even though he is not a primary target at the moment.
According to the latest from Fichajes.net, the young midfielder will soon put pen to paper on an extension of his current deal until summer 2023, but the upcoming renewal does not necessarily mean that his future at Barcelona is guaranteed.
He is not a big part of the plans of manager Ronald Koeman as seen by his five official appearances this season for a total of only 78 minutes on the pitch. Puig is considered a talent of great potential, but has often been left on the sidelines.
It could be that this renewal is only to prevent Barcelona from losing him on a free transfer in the summer, and as a result his departure is not to be excluded, perhaps with the loan formula. Milan and other clubs are keeping an eye on the situation, according to MilanLive.
Not to be nitpicking or anything but its actually within his contract as an option for the club to renew for two more years so even if the player wasnt interested in renewing barca could just do it as its stipulated within the terms of the contract. Anyways i doubt the idea of us him signing was never more than an notion and admiration of his talent as the player is from catalonia and is bound to have his breakthrough with them sooner than later and i doubt barca would sell him outright without a buyback clause. Besides of that he currently holds a value according to transfermarkt at 20 mil and there is no way that barca would sell him for less when there would be many european clubs interested if they were to allow him to leave. Pretty sure he wouldnt leave for anything less than 30+mil. Add to that if he left and barca came calling again i feell pretty sure to say he wouldnt reject an offer as he is catalan as previously mentioned.