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As reported by Sport, through its website, Jose Mourinho’s Roma has surveyed Riqui Puig to incorporate him into the winter market. The Matadepera player has always been a supporter, almost radically, of not leaving Barça despite the fact that successive coaches, from Valverde to Koeman passing through Setién, although the Cantabrian was one of those who gave him the most opportunities, they did not give him a place in the Barça squad.

Photo by Riqui Puig

Riqui has barely played this season. Frenkie de Jong and Pedri were already untouchable and both were joined by Gavi, as Ilaix had already anticipated last season. Sergi Roberto himself has more minutes than him as an interior. The Barça, in addition, considers incorporating a midfield player of route in January. And Renato Sanches sounds, represented by Jorge Mendes who negotiates the renewal of Ansu Fati. It may be the moment when Riqui, who is already 22 years old because of Pedri’s 18 or Gavi’s 17, is forced to find life outside of his comfort zone. Roma opens up as a possibility. A friendly against Milan in San Francisco, in the summer of 2018, opened wide the doors of the international market for the praises of historical figures such as Gattuso or Massaro.

Laporta has shown interest in having Riqui play and has given him affection during the summer. But Koeman does not believe in the Catalan’s football and it may be that, for the first time, the player opens the door, at least, to a loan.