Barcelona reached agreement with the “Sao Paulo”, according to which now the Catalan club have first right to transfer to 19-year-old striker Gustavo Maya, informs the Spanish edition Marca.
Gustavo is a graduate of the “são Paulo” and even debuted in the first team, but his performances at youth level have attracted great interest from the English “Liverpool” and Madrid “Atletico”.
“Anyone who watched Gustavo, was a scout of Barcelona. We started to negotiate with them, and there was a possibility that they will sign it. Breeders of the Catalans arrived to see the player in the Copa Sao Paulo, they didn’t even negotiate on it, but Gustavo Maia scored 3 goals in the tournament and immediately attracted attention from Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.
Had better offers, but Gustavo always wanted to play for Barcelona. He even said that a few years ago in an interview, we also thought it was a good idea, because his style matches perfectly with the Catalan. In principle, the agreement between the “Barcelona” and “são Paulo” can lead to the fact that Maya will join the team Enrique Setien for pre-season, if Barcelona meet their purchase. However, we do not know what will happen by the summer, the pandemic coronavirus may play a role,” said the player’s agent.
20 Mar “Barcelona” made an offer “Sao Paulo” for the purchase of Maya for € 1 million, although the transfer was scheduled for completion until July 30, but the Catalans managed to qualify for a priority transfer of the summer. Although by this time Barcelona will have to pay another € 3.5 million If the Blaugrana refuse to sign a player, they will not be able to return originally paid € 1 million