Barcelona advancing in negotiations to sign South American midfielder, could cost €6 million

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As Sergio Busquets’ chapter at FC Barcelona approaches an end, the club is looking for another talented midfielder who can play the pivot role for the club in the coming seasons.

While some short-term options are also being considered at the moment, one of the youngsters identified by the club to take over from Busquets is the Uruguayan, Fabricio Diaz.

Along with Vitor Roque, Fabricio Diaz is another player who has gained the attention of the Catalan club, mainly owing to his performances in the South American U-20 tournament held this year. He played an important role in his team’s journey to the final of the tournament, where they lost out to Brazil.

Meanwhile, FC Barcelona are looking to get a deal from Fabricio’s club, Liverpool Montevideo, for the player’s purchase. The negotiations between the two clubs have advanced considerably, but there still has been no agreement on the final price for the player.

There was also a meeting between the player’s agent and FC Barcelona officials at the club’s offices, in which it was decided that the player would start with the B team, before being incorporated into the first team dynamics.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool Montevideo value their player at €6 million and have already rejected proposals of €4 million from FC Barcelona. This price has also been offered by South American clubs of River Plate and Flamengo, but these proposals were also rejected by Liverpool.

As the two sides continue to negotiate on the final price of the player, FC Barcelona would have to speed up their operation for the player. The U-20 World Cup is starting this month, and Diaz is one of the main players in his national U-20 team.

If he puts in another string of impressive performances in the tournament, his stock would rise further, as more clubs would become attentive to his potential.

This would be significantly problematic for the Catalan club, especially in the backdrop of their struggles with their finances this season. Thus, the club will have to ensure they tie the prospect as soon as possible before his signing becomes difficult due to increased valuation.

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