BARCELONA – Barcelona is considering releasing US international Konrad de la Fuente next summer in case interesting offers arrive for both sides, various sources told ESPN.
De la Fuente, 19, made his first team debut for Barça earlier this season in the Champions League and in November made his senior debut for the United States’ national team.
Konrad de la Fuente has a contract until 2022, although Barcelona kept the option to extend it until 2024. Ronald Koeman highly values his qualities and speed, which is why he invites him to exercise with the professional group although he plays games with Barcelona B , with which he struggles to ascend to Second.
Before renewing his contract with Barça a year ago, the Miami winger had proposals to go to the Bundesliga, where Hertha Berlin sought his services, although the player ended up discarding him.
One of the big problems that De la Fuente has is competition. He has players like Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé, Ansu Fati, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincao ahead of him, hence having minutes with the professional team is rather complicated.
In this sense, there is the feeling that Konrad de la Fuente has outgrown the Barcelona subsidiary, so the need to seek a higher level and more minutes will help him to leave Barça next summer.