Konrad De La Fuente left Barcelona in 2021 to earn consistent playing time in France, but after only one season with Ligue 1 side Marseille, the American winger is reportedly set on a return to Spain.
La Liga club Real Valladolid is closing in on acquiring De La Fuente on loan for the upcoming season, RMC Sport reported Monday among other French outlets. The season-long loan will also include a purchase option, according to the reports.
The Florida native joined Marseille from Barcelona last summer, but struggled for consistent playing time under Jorge Sampaoli. De La Fuente totaled one goal and three assists in 23 combined appearances for Marseille before a knee injury forced him to miss the final three months of the season.
De La Fuente mainly featured for Barcelona’s U-19 and U-23 side during his first spell in Spain. He made three appearances for the senior squad before signing a four-year contract with Marseille following his transfer.
De La Fuente featured twice for the U.S. men’s national team during the Concacaf World Cup Qualifying octagonal round back in September, but has not featured since. In total, De La Fuente has earned three caps for the USMNT.
Real Valladolid earned promotion back to La Liga this year, finishing second in the Segunda Liga behind champions Almeria. The Spanish club opens its competitive schedule on August 13 against Villarreal.