The B-team striker is Barça's top scorer so far in pre-season
In such a strange pre-season in which many clubs, notably Barça, are struggling to find the money to make necessary signings, Rey Manaj's value continues to rise. His hat trick against Nàstic de Tarragona put him in a great position ahead of the upcoming campaign. After arriving from Albacete for 700,000 euros, Rey Manaj put on a sensational display on his first team debut. His performance surprised everyone, not least head coach Ronald Koeman, who decided to reward him with a start against Girona. In Barça's second game of pre-season, Manaj re-paid Koeman with another goal.
His displays against Nàstic and Girona have led the club to re-consider his future at Camp Nou. Originally, the plan was for him to not continue in the reserve team. However, after scoring a hat trick in the first friendly of pre-season, there's still a chance that he will spend next season between first team and B-team squads.
The main plan, however, is to arrange a loan move that will allow him to gain valuable experience. Two options are currently on the table. The first is Seria A side Sassuolo, with whom the club has a positive relationship. The second, according to outlet 'A Bola', is Famalicao, who are reported to be in advanced negotiations with Barça to secure a loan deal with option to buy.
A third option is for him to remain with Barça B and train with the first team squad when called upon, given the likely departures of Braithwaite and Griezmann during this window.