The proposal that FC Barcelona has made to Carles Puyol to be the Barca general manager replacing Pep Segura is taking shape.
Knowledgeable sources of advanced contacts by MD last Thursday have been optimistic, although they have also pointed out that the response may not be immediate and that if it occurs, it will be from September, once the summer market ends and there is Solved the composition of the template for the 2019-2020 project.
Puyol is thinking about it, is reflecting and, for the moment, has not ruled out the offer, which would have been this time at the initiative of President Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The legendary Barça central for 15 seasons and captain of the most successful team in the history of the club was already close to this position in 2014, when he was attached to Andoni Zubizarreta, the entity’s sports director.
Puyol has also participated in the representation of players and knows the market well. The presence of Éric Abidal in the technical secretariat and Patrick Kluivert as head of the quarry and Víctor Valdés in Juvenil A would help him make a positive decision.
Puyol wants to have everything clear before giving the ‘yes’ and if so, put some minimum condition, such as landing accompanied by a nearby collaborator. In the club they would not put impediment.
The election of a new general manager for the first team coincides with the movements that are taking place in the organization chart of the base football, after the departure of Pep Segura and the arrival of Kluivert.
The incorporation of a technical secretary and the confirmation of the remaining charges were pending. The sports commission of the club is scheduled to meet these days coinciding with the celebration of the Trofeu Gamper. Xavi Roca and Arnau are the main candidates, but the lack of consensus and unity could make several of these plans.
Not many other changes are intuited as expected in the beginning, in which, even, there was the talk of revolution. José Mari Bakero would stay with Barça B and Guillermo Amor, with Juvenil.
The confirmation of the positions of Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira, which in principle would continue as top managers of Football-11, would be lacking. In Soccer 7, from Prebenjamín to Alevín A, Quim Estrada, home coach, could be chosen.