NEWS
Friday August 9 2019
Barcelona forget full-back Diego Palacios, set for Los Angeles

Barcelona have discarded the option of signing Ecuadorian full-back Diego Palacios, who spent last season on loan at Willem II.

Diario Sport say that the left-back is now set to move to MLS and join Los Angeles, after Barca had been monitoring a move to bring him into their B side.

The Blaugrana were said to be one of three clubs keeping tabs on the 19-year-old along with Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

Palacios has impressed at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup for his nation and he had helped them to a quarter-final place, alerting attention from the clubs.

Barca are using the Eredivisie strongly for recruitment purposes this summer having already signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax and Ludovit Reis from FC Groningen.

The Catalan giants were said to be in talks with Ecuadorian team SD Aucas - the player’s parent club - although Der Gerderlander in the Netherlands had said PSV are in advanced negotiations for the left-back, although this appears to not to be happening now.

Nicknamed El Chiqui, the defender impressed on a season-long loan deal in the Dutch top flight with Willem II and he won his first senior international cap last year in a friendly against Qatar.

Transfermarkt say that Palacios has a transfer market value of €1.5m.

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