Barcelona ready to offload exciting midfield talent in January

Barcelona appointed Ronald Koeman as new manager

Barcelona could look to cash in on the highly talented midfielder Riqui Puig when the transfer window reopens in January.

The youngster broke onto the first-team scene at Barcelona under Quique Setien last season but he has failed to convince new manager Ronald Koeman of his quality.

Riqui Puig is highly rated at the club and he was tipped to replace former star Xavi Hernandez in the long run.

Since his arrival, Ronald Koeman has chosen to employ the 4-2-3-1 formation at Barcelona and Riqui Puig has found it hard to hold down a regular starting berth in the deeper midfield roles.

The youngster is more of a playmaker who would thrive in an advanced role.

The Barcelona manager wanted to loan the Spanish midfielder out at the start of this season but Riqui Puig chose to continue at Camp Nou this season and he has played just 4 minutes of League football so far.

According to reports, Riqui Puig and Carles Alena will be allowed to leave the club on loan and the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Porto are keen on signing them.

Riqui Puig needs to play regular first-team football at this stage of his career in order to continue his development and a loan move would be ideal for him right now.

His talent is beyond question but he needs to grow as a player and that cannot be possible at Barcelona right now.

It will be interesting to see how his situation develops over the next few weeks and whether Barcelona can secure a productive loan move for him during the winter transfer window.