The former Barcelona B graduate shined while on loan.
Barcelona’s need to balance the books continue as Getafe have exercised their option and signed left-back Marc Cucurella.
According to Diario Sport, Getafe will pay €10 million while the Catalans retain 10% of his rights should he be sold in the future. Initially, the agreement was for €6 million and 40 % of his rights.
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Barcelona agreed to forego 30% in order to get the additional €4 million. Again, an indicator that they want to record as much revenue as possible right now because of where the club stands financially.
Cucurella joined Getafe this season and has been a standout performer. Rising through the Barcelona academy as a left-back. he’s been deployed primarily on the wing and has been a spark for a Getafe team usually characterized by their brute style of play.
He was on loan at Eibar the season before and brought back by his parent club. But they never had the intention to keep him even as a back-up to Jordi Alba.
He was loaned out again and they then went out and signed Junior Firpo from Real Betis. The former Betis man has played sparingly and he’s been the subject of transfer rumors not even one full season in.
At Getafe, he’s been a starter in all 31 games this season and pitched in a goal while providing five assists. At Eibar, he started 26 out of their 31 games. It’s evident that he’s been able to grow and progress away from his, now former, parent club.
He becomes the second player the club have sold following the sale of Arthur Melo to Juventus but will undoubtedly not be the last as the board scramble to balance the books ahead of next year’s presidential elections.