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Barcelona’s Konrad talks with Marseille stall - report

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The youngster’s move has been held up

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Barcelona’s talks with French side Marseille over a move for Konrad de la Fuente have reportedly stalled with the two teams taking a bit of a time out from talks.

A deal for the UMSNT starlet was thought to be close but it seems the negotiations have hit a hitch and have now ground to a standstill, according to Sport.

The report adds that the deal is not dead yet but both teams will take some time to reflect on the talks so far and will then resume negotiations in the hope of finding an agreement that suits all parties.

Marseille are said to want Konrad on loan with a purchase option but aren’t really keen on the option being mandatory. Barca want to sell Konrad for at least €5 million and also want a buyback option in the deal.

Previous reports have claimed Konrad is disappointed by his lack of game time at Barca and wants to leave. It’s thought he is not in Ronald Koeman’s plans for next season.

There has also been speculation that Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli called Konrad personally to try and convince him to move to the French side. The American reportedly also has offers from Real Betis, Alaves and an unnamed Bundesliga club.