Barcelona want to trade Douglas for Basketball player
The transfer market world is talking about the likes of Paul Pogbas and Gonzalo Higuains and their huge transfer fees. So, for a change, let us look at something different in the world of player transfers. This one, for any neutral, is a hilarious piece of news.
Barcelona have had a fantastic transfer window as they bought a host of young talent in the form of Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne, which has reinforced the club in attack, midfield, and defence.
One player who looks set to leave the club is Brazilian right-back Douglas Pereira, who in his 2 seasons at the club has made a total of 8 appearances in the league making it a tenure not worth remembering.
His transfer, unfortunately, is on the verge of taking place in the strangest of manners as his transfer will not involve any money. The deal - if reports are to be believed - involves him being traded with a player of another sport, in this case, basketball.
Reports in Spain suggest that FC Barcelona are desperate to get rid of the player and they are resorting to any means possible to do so and have found a solution in trading him with a basketball player. The Catalan giants are reportedly close to signing American forward Adam Hanga, from Laboral Kutxa to join the Barcelona basketball team.
Laboral Kutxa's owner Josea Querejeta also owns newly promoted Spanish football club Alaves who will play in La Liga next season, which is where Douglas will play if the transfer does go through. Querejeta, wants Barcelona to hand over a first team player in exchange of Hanga and the club seems to have a perfect solution in Douglas.
The Catalan giants had almost sold him to Brazilian side Cruzeiro last month but the player wants to stay in Spain and earn Spanish citizenship, which prevented the transfer from happening. After the Cruzeiro deal fell through, Barcelona tried to sell the player to domestic sides but none of them seemed keen to sign the bench warming right back.
Finally, in the form of Querejeta, the owner of both Laboral Kutxa and Alaves, Barcelona seem to have found a solution to offload the player who is no longer a part of Luis Enrique's plans. If the transfer goes through, it will be one of the most unusual transfers ever and one that will feature in several sports quizzes