FC Barcelona have completed the signing of Yusuf Demir, otherwise known as “Austrian Messi” on loan from Rapid Vienna with an option to buy.
He has been dubbed the ‘Austrian Messi’ for his style of play and stature.
Demir will now hope to link up with the real Messi himself, providing the Argentina star does sign a new deal at Camp Nou.
Barca have struck a deal to sign Demir on loan for 2021/2022 at a cost of 500,000 euros (591,000 dollars).
The Catalan Club said they would have the option to sign him permanently for 10 million euros should he impress.
Similarly, Demir has also agreed a new contract at Rapid Vienna until 2023.
This means they will not lose him on a free transfer next year if Barca opt against making his switch to La Liga permanent.
Demir’s signing falls in line with Barca’s recent transfer policy of mostly targeting young players.
Sergino Dest, Francisco Trincao, Eric Garcia, Emerson Royal, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong were brought in well before their peak.
The low fees involved and the fact Demir will not demand exorbitant wages are both important factors given Barca’s well-publicised financial problems.
There is also the fact they are reportedly required to slash their wage expenditure by 40 per cent in line with La Liga salary cap rules.
“For eight years I was able to learn everything and develop myself at Rapid Vienna,” he told the Austrian club’s website. “That’s one of the reasons why I extended my contract for another year.
“I am incredibly grateful to every supervisor, every player and everyone else. With the move to FC Barcelona, an incredibly big childhood dream comes true.
“I will be moving to my favourite club and the biggest club in the world. I came to Rapid Vienna as a small child with big dreams and I am now an incredibly grateful boy.”
While the Austria international looks likely to initially feature more for Barcelona B, he will immediately link up with the first-team squad for pre-season training.
This will allow him to stake his claim.
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