Barcelona’s year from hell has finally been hit with some good news as superstar youngster Pedri has signed a new long-term contract with an enormous release clause of €1billion.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene for both Barcelona and Spain last season, becoming an integral figure for both club and country with some world class midfield performances.
The youngster played an astonishing 74 games all-in-all, and featured 53 times for Barcelona, the most of any player.
There were some fears that Barca might not be able to hang onto their new star with a crippling financial situation and other teams circling, but he’s now committed his long-term future to the club.
Pedri five-year deal sees him join Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema in having such a huge contractual condition.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Barca will now look to tie down more of their future assets, with deals for Ansu Fati and Gavi also in the pipeline.
Elsewhere in Catalunya, there has been more good news with summer signing Sergio Aguero finally resuming training.
The former Manchester City star picked up a calf injury during training has kept him out of action since the summer.
But Aguero is in line to make his debut having played and scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the week.
Ahead of their clash at home to Valencia, Barcelona are sitting ninth in LaLiga after a poor start to the season under Ronald Koeman.
Much-maligned former president Josep Maria Bartomeu was replaced by Joan Laporta who had previously guided the club through their golden era under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.
However, after his appointment Laporta soon revealed the club was loaded with an eye-watering €1.35billion worth of debt.
Barcelona are now uncharacteristically uncompetitive on the pitch and in the transfer market, with deals for the likes of Pedri a huge boost as the club builds for a brighter future.
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