OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign Groningen’s Ludovit Reis

Barcelona have completed the signing of FC Groningen’s teenage midfielder Ludovit Reis, the Dutch club have confirmed in a statement.

Reports in April had claimed the Catalan giants had initially offered a €2.5m deal for the 18-year-old, but the Dutch club had always insisted they would hold out for a greater sum.

This week, Diario Sport reported that an €8m fee had been agreed between the clubs for the transfer of the highly-rated starlet.

Reis has made 50 first-team appearances for the Eredivisie club and has impressed the Blaugrana’s scouts, who have been monitoring him for twelve months.

It is said by the report that Barcelona will initially place the Dutchman in their B side but are confident he can develop into a first-team squad player.

“We will not sell our key players cheaply,” Groningen chief executive Hans Nijland told RTV Noord last month, as cited by Diario AS.

“Right now there are talks but we have not reached an agreement and that fee (€2.5m) is not realistic, it is cheap.

“I will not discuss the sums being talked about over this.”

The Netherlands Under-19 international initially came to the nation from Slovakia, where both of his parents originated.

In October 2017, Reis was the first goal scorer in the Eredivisie born on or after January 1, 2000 when he netted away to Sparta Rotterdam.

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