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Passport issues complicate Maxi Gomez's potential move to Barcelona

  /  autty

Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez is one of Barcelona's targets for the summer as they look to strengthen in attack ahead of next season.

The 22-year-old is a player that the Catalan side have been following a long time and they have been impressed by his performances in LaLiga Santander, although he is a signing that has his pros and cons.

On the plus side, in addition to his quality, he could be relatively cheap. His current buyout clause is 50 million euros, but if Celta are relegated - and they enter matchday 28 sitting 18th in the table - that figure will be halved, which would represent a bargain.

However, it is important to note the major downside to signing Gomez: the Uruguayan would occupy one of the three non-EU player slots in the squad. At the moment Barcelona currently have all three slots unavailable with Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Malcom, so they would have to sell one of these players to make way for Celta's No.9.

There is no chance that Barcelona would allow Arthur to leave the club, although the same cannot be said for Vidal or Malcom. Given his lack of game time under Ernesto Valverde, Malcom would likely be the favourite to be moved on.