Barcelona eyeing financial boost amid Aston Villa’s interest in former winger

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Abde Ezzalzouli of Real Betis, Joao Cancelo of FC Barcelona during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona v Real Betis Sevilla at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium on September 16, 2023 in Barcelona Spain.
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One of the transfers that kept FC Barcelona fans gripped throughout the last summer transfer window was that of the winger Ez Abde.

The Moroccan forward had returned to Barcelona after a highly successful season with Osasuna and kept trying to get a clear and prominent role in the Barcelona squad.

However, after it became clear that getting prominence at Barcelona would be difficult, the forward decided to join Real Betis in the last days of the transfer window.

There were other clubs interested in the player at that time as well, but Abde was clear that he wanted to continue playing and growing in Spain for the time being.

His decision to join Real Betis is proving to be a good one, as the player has already scored four goals in nineteen appearances, and has been getting an increased role in the Verdiblancos squad.

According to SPORT, his good performances in Spain have not gone unnoticed elsewhere, as the Premier League side Aston Villa is once again interested in signing him, after having failed to land him last summer.

Real Betis need to make some sales in the coming months to balance their books after having invested significantly in the last summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa themselves are also trying to test the waters for a possible arrival of the winger, and trying to convince his entourage to lay ground for a move.

Abde himself is not too keen on a move to the Premier League, but will wait and see how things develop.

Another party that is keeping a very close eye on this potential move is Barcelona, as the Catalans have a right to obtain 50% of the fee that any club pays for the Moroccan.

Such an income will significantly help Barcelona’s salary limit problems, with income from the potential transfers of Miranda and Todibo also being closely followed by the Catalans.

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