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Barcelona Could Sell Player With €500 Million Release Clause With No Appearances For Them

Barcelona Could Sell Player With €500 Million Release Clause With No Appearances For Them

Barcelona could sell Francisco Trincao this summer, despite the Portuguese forward having never played for the club, with the La Liga side reportedly in talks with a Premier League side.

Trincao agreed to join the club back in January, with his move from Braga set to be completed on July 1st when the transfer window open. Covid-19 delayed the move until the end of July, with the forward playing for the Portuguese club on July 27th.

The 20-year-old's €30 million fee also came with a transfer release clause of €500 million, but it looks like he'll end up leaving for far less.

Despite never having played for Barca, the Guardian report that Leicester City have made an offer for the forward, which would be a two year long spell with an obligation to buy for €50 million at the end of it.

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Trincao played in last summer's under 20 World Cup. Image: PA Images
Trincao played in last summer's under 20 World Cup. Image: PA Images

That would mean him leaving a club he's supposed to be at until 2025, by his contract, despite never making an appearance for them, for one tenth of his actual release clause.

Barca would still make a small profit on the player though, which could help them build the squad for next season, but they would miss out on a young talented player.

According to the report, the Catalan giants aren't currently looking to let Trincao go but that could yet change depending on what else happens this summer.

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Barca, who missed out on the title in Spain to rivals Real Madrid, are hoping to sell several high profile players this summer, the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele amongst them, with the former linked to Arsenal and Spurs.

If they can't get rid of their high profile, and highly priced, flops then Trincao's departure would become a lot more likely, with the club needing to making money back.

Coutinho's time at Barca is expected to be over this summer. Image: PA Images
Coutinho's time at Barca is expected to be over this summer. Image: PA Images
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Atalanta have also been linked with the player, who has scored eight goals and put on six assists for his teammates in 27 appearances for Braga this season.

The left footer, who can play anywhere across the front three, has only been part of the Portuguese side's first team for two years before getting the move to Barcelona.

Now it seems like he won't be at the Camp Nou for very long but could instead soon be making his Premier League debut.

Do you think Trincao will leave Barca this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Topics: Leicester City, Barcelona, Transfer stories, Transfer rumours, Premier League, Transfer news, La Liga, Transfer reports

Ryan Sidle

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