Matheus, the last ghost signing of Bartomeu

It cost seven million euros plus three in variables. The president considered him an addition in July but Koeman wants the Brazilian out now.


On January 31, Barça announced the signing of the unknown Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes Siqueira (06-30-1998). Coming from Palmeiras, the Barça club paid 7 million euros plus three in variables and gave it to Valladolid, where he barely played 166 minutes. What was most surprising of all is that, despite everyone's doubts, Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that Matheus would have the first team's number in an interview with Mundo Deportivo on July 26. Not only that, he considered it a signing. "He has played little because he has had some paper problems to come to Spain, he already has them in order and has had few appearances but of quality in Valladolid" .

Well, Ronald Koeman left Matheus out of the call for the first friendly game of the preseason without injury. Basically, because it doesn't have it. The decision calls into question Barça's decision to spend a significant amount of money on a footballer who, despite being an Under-17 and Under-20 international with Brazil, had stagnated and had stopped playing for Palmeiras. It has a 300 million clause but still never wears the Barcelona shirt.

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