Barcelona ready to let Francisco Trincao go – Juventus and AC Milan linked
Posted On April 29, 2021
Barcelona could let Francisco Trincao leave this summer, according to Spanish outlet AS (via Calciomercato).
Trincao came to Barcelona this summer from Braga, at an estimated cost of € 31million and signing a five-year contract.
He didn’t have the opportunities he would have hoped for, making just eight starts in all competitions, with another 30 appearances off the bench.
In these encounters, he scored three goals and recorded two assists.
Since Ronald Koeman’s transition from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2, the Portuguese has not made a single start and has been an unused substitute on four occasions.
The manager preferred to use Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite up front.
With Ansu Fati set to come back from injury next season and one that other players were hoping to break through the gate, Trincao could find himself even lower in the pecking order.
According to AS, and relayed by Calciomercato, Barcelona plan to let Trincao leave this summer, whether on loan or on a permanent contract.
The winger is only 21 and has four years left on his current contract, so it wouldn’t be cheap.
The Catalan giants would likely demand a fee similar to what brought him to the club last July.
However, La Blaugrana experienced serious financial difficulties last year, posting debts of over € 1 billion. This can leave them ready to accept any offer they can get for a player who is not deemed essential to their team.
Calciomercato also mentions that Serie A duo Milan and Juventus are both targeting the winger. Both teams are fighting for a place in the Champions League this season.
AC Milan started the season strong and dominated the standings as recently as February. However, they have reached poor form and now reside in fifth place.
Meanwhile, Juventus have had an extremely disappointing campaign. After winning nine league titles in a row, they sit in fourth place – 13 points behind leaders Inter Milan with five games to go.
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