The quest of FC Barcelona for up-and-coming talented players continues unabated, and one of the latest gems to have attracted their attention is the Uruguayan Fabricio Diaz. Negotiations for his signing are underway, but there is still some ground to be covered before Barcelona and Liverpool Montevideo can agree to terms for his transfer.
Currently playing for Liverpool Montevideo, Fabricio Diaz is a highly talented midfielder, whose talents were particularly on show in the last Under-20 Championship. In this tournament, he made 8 appearances for his national side, scored 5 goals, and gave 2 assists.
Under his captaincy, the Uruguay U-20 team made its way to the very final of the tournament, where they were beaten only by the high-flying Brazil U-20 team. These performances convinced Barcelona of the youngster’s potential, and the Catalan club is now in negotiations with Liverpool Montevideo for his signing.
A report by Mundo Deportivo has provided the latest update into these negotiations and claims that the two bargaining sides have differences in the valuation of the player amounting to around €2 million. FC Barcelona submitted a bid of around €6 million for the player, but Liverpool Montevideo are asking for at least €8 million for their prized asset, and that too only for 70% of the player’s rights.
They want to retain a percentage of any future transfer fee for the player but are also wary of the possibility of Diaz remaining for the entirety of his senior career at FC Barcelona. Thus, the Uruguayan side also wants a bonus or another financial obligation if a future transfer is not materialized within a specific time.
These are the main aspects on which the two sides are currently bargaining. While the gap in valuation is seemingly not too high, FC Barcelona can spend only a limited amount of money on the youngster, especially in their current financially strained situation.