Barcelona loanee Abde Ezzalzouli was one of the surprise packages in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although the youngster was far from a first-team regular, he made a series of cameos for a Morocco side that surpassed every expectation to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.
In addition to his breakthrough in the World Cup, the young forward has been also enjoying a fine season on loan at Osasuna, having registered two assists in eight matches so far.
In light of his success, Barcelona are keen on taking advantage and potentially making a significant profit out of the €2 million they had spent on the player, reports SPORT.
It appears the club are open to the idea of offloading Abde permanently after the end of the season when he is slated to return to Camp Nou. Although the Catalans might have considered giving the youngster a chance in the first team, the stacked nature of the offensive unit would make it almost impossible for him to make a breakthrough next season.
A sale in the summer, therefore, appears to be the most logical solution. Clubs from Premier League and the Bundesliga have already explored the idea of signing the Moroccan at the end of the season.
Barcelona, though, are not willing to sanction his sale on a cut-price deal. In fact, they are not willing to consider any offer below the €20 million mark. Even a sale worth €20 million could see Barça making a handsome €18 million profit.
Abde’s representative, meanwhile, wants the player to continue his development at Barcelona, but only if the player can be guaranteed regular game-time. Otherwise, they are preferring a permanent switch elsewhere rather than another loan move that may derail the player’s progress.
With Barça needing to generate cash inflow from player sales, Abde could end up being one of the players sacrificed by the club come summer, although they will demand at least €20 million for the winger.