The LA Galaxy are in the process of signing Spanish midfielder Riqui Puig from Barcelona, multiple sources have told The Athletic, though the deal is pending some manoeuvring in regards to the Major League Soccer salary cap.
Galaxy midfielder Rayan Raveloson flew to France to complete a medical with Ligue 1 side Auxerre on Wednesday. An agreement is in place to sell Raveloson to the French team, and when that deal is completed it would clear the way for Puig to sign with the Galaxy.
According to a source, the terms are agreed for the free transfer of Puig to Los Angeles. The MLS secondary transfer window closes on Thursday, so the deals would need to be finalised before the midnight Central Time deadline.
Puig, who turns 23 next week, was raised through Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy and starred for Barcelona B from 2018-20. He was promoted to the first team in 2020 and was thought to be a key part of the future at Barca, but he has fallen out-of-favour despite featuring for the Spanish giants more than 60 times over the past three seasons.
Raveloson, a Madagascar international, joined the Galaxy in 2021 after helping French side Troyes earn promotion from Ligue 2. He has made 44 appearances for LA, scoring eight goals and registering five assists during that time.
Selling Raveloson will clear significant cap space for the Galaxy — he was making £642, 174 ($780,000) as a base salary this year, according to the MLS Players Association.
The Galaxy narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season and added former Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa as a designated player this past off-season to join Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the attack.
LA currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference standings, two points out of a play-off spot with a game in hand.
In Riqui Puig, Barcelona have a star amongst another solid La Masia class
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