Serie A leaders AC Milan are reportedly set to join the race to sign Barcelona midfielder and Leeds United target Riqui Puig.
According to Calcio Mercato, the Italian side are poised to make contact with the LaLiga giants over a potential loan deal during the January window.
Leeds have previously been linked with a loan move, with Puig not playing regularly under Ronald Koeman this season.
Back in November, 90min reported that Leeds were among the teams to be offered the player ahead of the January window.
Puig is out of contract at Barcelona in 2021, but the Camp Nou outfit do have the option to extend his current deal until 2023.
Potential Hernandez replacement
‘El Mago’ has fallen out of favour in the Premier League this season and his impact on this Leeds side is waning week by week.
The club will know that they have to plan for life without Hernandez, who is out of contract at Elland Road in 2022.
While January business at Leeds United can never be assured, bringing in Puig on loan could give the club the opportunity to take a closer look at the Spaniard and potentially take advantage of his uncertain future at Barcelona.
Much like Hernandez, Puig is certainly a classer operator on the ball.
Per 90 minutes for Barcelona this season, he is averaging a 90% pass success rate and completing 100% of his passes into the penalty area, as per Wyscout.
Puig has always been earmarked as a star for the future at Barcelona, but after falling out of favour under Koeman, there could be an opportunity for a club to snap up a promising young Spanish talent.
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