Reports over the past few days had suggested that the Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back has signed a five-year deal with the Catalan powerhouse and that he will be presented on Saturday, but it was not until this afternoon that a Barca official spoke about the imminent deal.
“Chygrynskiy is going to come to Barcelona and he is going to do very well,” he told reporters at El Prat airport prior to the Blaugrana’s flight to Monaco for the UEFA Super Cup clash on Friday - coincidentally, against Shakhtar.
“At the moment, the deal is not yet closed. The best thing to do is to leave it until after the game,” he added.
When questioned if the €25 million price tag is a bit steep for the 22-year-old, considering he will be ineligible for Barca’s Champions League games this season, Begiristain shot back, “He may not play this year, but he is going to play in the competition for Barca over the next ten years.
“If he plays lots of games for us and helps us win La Liga and the Champions League, he will be considered an inexpensive signing.
“He is the player [coach] Pep Guardiola likes the most and we have tried to reduce his transfer fee.
“Ever since the season ended in
KS Leong, Goal.com