Barcelona have already made a new signing for the 2024-25 season: the club have made the decision to activate the €7 million buy-back clause and will bring back 20-year-old center-back Chadi Riad from Real Betis next summer, according to Diario SPORT. The club have already communicated both the player and Betis about their decision, and are expected to wrap up the deal in the next couple of months.
Barça sold Riad to Betis for €3.5 million last summer and had been carefully watching as the young defender blossomed into a very productive, full-time starter for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Riad has impressed with his physical skills as well as his ability to play from the back, and the Catalans are keen to have the youngster back as part of the first team next season.
Riad’s performances have already attracted interest from many clubs around Europe, and Barça decided to act quickly to bring the player back to Camp Nou before Betis have the chance to sell him somewhere else.
The Blaugrana trust Riad’s potential so much that they are willing to sell a center-back next summer, hoping that one of Andreas Christensen, Jules Kounde, Eric García or maybe even Ronald Araujo can command a massive fee to help their financial situation.