Barcelona are reportedly willing to bear the financial burden in order to part ways with their defender Douglas Pereira.
Spanish publication Sport have claimed that Spanish giants Barcelona are prepared to take a financial hit in order to move troubled signing Douglas Pereira off their books. The report added that the club’s Sporting Director Robert Fernandez is working hard to find a solution that would bring an amicable end to the partnership of the club with the player.
Douglas moved to Barcelona in August 2014 from Sao Paulo for a fee close to €5m, but has failed to make an impact at the club, appearing in only 3 Liga BBVA matches since making the switch. The Brazilian’s current contract runs for another three years till 2019 but in the wake of the player not being in Luis Enrique’s first-team plans, it would be better for the defender to get a move on.
The 26-year-old reportedly turned down several offers previously, including a return to Brazil to play for Cruzeiro and Fernandez is now looking for a swift resolution. Barcelona are reportedly prepared to pay Douglas’ wages in full even if he decides to move on loan while the club is also ready to forego any financial compensation involved in the transfer.
The report by Sport stated that the only clause which could be inserted by the defending Liga BBVA champions would be a possible penalty if the player does not feature in a certain amount of matches for the club that decides to take him.
The hierarchy at Barcelona seem to be clear-minded about this and want a solution that is beneficial to both the player and the club. While a move to some other club would ensure playing time for the 26-year-old at a pivotal stage of his career, Barcelona would be able to move the player off their books, albeit temporarily.
It seems Barcelona are intent on finding a destination for Douglas where he can get regular first-team playing time than to keep him at the club, even if it means having to pay the whole amount of wages and taking a financial hit.