According to a fresh update from Sport, Barcelona have no intention of letting Carles Perez leave for AS Roma unless a buy-back option is inserted in the deal.
Even though the exit for the young 21-year-old ace looked all but set just days ago, it seems that Barcelona and Roma are currently in a stalemate.
The Blaugrana don’t want to lose the player permanently without the option to get him back in case he ends up becoming a great player further down the line.
But the Italians have different ideas and the move is on hold for now, with the negotiations expected to continue before deadline day.
It seems, however, that Barcelona don’t mind the player staying despite the fact he won’t get many minutes during the remainder of the season.
The Catalans were definitely right to demand a buy-back clause in Perez’s potential deal with the Italians as it very much seems like he’s the type of player they could use in the future.
The 21-year-old has had a decent start to the ongoing campaign, scoring once and assisting twice in the first three games in La Liga but, as Sport note in the report, Quique Setien has already told the youngster he doesn’t count on him and that he won’t get any significant game time at the club.
Still, the update doesn’t necessarily imply that the deal is off but even if it was, that wouldn’t be such bad news for the Catalans after all.
With their forward line very much depleted at the moment – with injuries to both Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez – maybe this could end up being a blessing in disguise for Barcelona.