The Spanish giants will pay the Austrian club 500,000 euros in a loan with the option to make Demir’s stay permanent for 10 million euros.
Demir, 18, has scored six goals in 31 games since he was promoted to the Rapid main team in the summer of 2019 and has been target for Manchester United and Bayern Munich, sources told ESPN.
IN Austria International made its senior debut by winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier over the Faroe Islands in March.
Demir, who can play offensively, is expected to start the season with Barça.
Barça will begin pre-season training on Monday without international players and uncertainty over who will remain at the club.
🔵🔴 New signing for @FCBarcelonaB!
✍ Yusuf Demir
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) Jul 9, 2021
“This is very important for the club, but also for La Liga that the best player in the world is staying here and we must all make this effort to keep him on with us, ”Koeman said Friday, taking part in the golf tournament, the Coeman Cup, in Barcelona.
“When things go wrong, you have to worry, but I’m sure that [club] the president [Joan Laporta] will find a solution to this issue.
“Each person has a task, but Laporta told me that I do not need to worry about this, that the issue is currently being worked out. We hope he will be with us for a few more years.
“Leo is the future of the club because he brings results and because he always gave his best.”
Koeman said leaving Carles Alena, Junior Firpo, Francisco Trincao as well as Mateus Fernandez this summer and also a sale Jean-Cler Todibo, Sergio Akieme as well as Conrad de la Fuentewere made to ensure that the club remains within the established wage ceiling.
The Barça boss stressed that the remaining players need to cut wages in order to “make an effort for the good of Barcelona”.
“Everyone should understand where we are now in our life,” added Koeman. “If they [players] really the people of Barcelona, then they have to make a huge effort to help the club. “
Koeman praised Antoine Griezmann against the background of messages that it can be included in the transfer list this summer to make way for Messi’s contract registration.
“It was a great signing,” Koeman said of Griezmann’s transfer to Barça for 120 million euros of Atletico Madrid in 2019. “He showed his level of quality and he is very important for the club.”
Griezmann, who scored 20 goals last season and organized 13 more in 51 appearances in all competitions, has a contract with Barça until 2024.
Barça will start the 2021-22 season against Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on 14/15 August.