Barca Universal

Barcelona struggling to find an agreement with Chelsea for error-prone defender

Barcelona are in the market for full-back reinforcements on both right and left sides. They have identified a set of targets for both positions, with Chelsea star Marcos Alonso the primary choice for the left-back position.

The 31-year-old has been angling for a move to Spotify Camp Nou for some time now and has been frozen out at Chelsea so that he can sort out his future.

However, despite prolonged negotiations, he is no closer to a move to Catalonia as Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona and Chelsea are struggling to find an agreement for the Spanish international’s transfer.

Chelsea have been trying to include Alonso as part of the deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona. However, the Blaugrana are unwilling to accept such a proposal as they want the two operations to be separate.

With negotiations not progressing as planned, Barça could end up deciding to look away from Alonso completely. Celta Vigo’s Javi Galan has emerged as a potential alternative, although he would cost the Catalans a sum of around €18 million.

So, there could be a serious possibility that Barcelona do not sign a new left-back at all and stick with youngster Alejandro Balde as Jordi Alba’s substitute.

Manager Xavi Hernandez insisted in his pre-match press ahead of the Real Valladolid game that the La Masia graduate is developing well, which could force the club to halt their search for a new left-back.

“Looking at Balde’s projection, it seems that we have a well-covered position,” Xavi said.

However, he refused to rule out a move for Alonso, saying: “You don’t listen to me. I said I would not rule out anything in the transfer market.”

So, it remains to be seen how things progress in the final few days of the transfer window. As things stand, though, Alonso’s move to Barcelona is looking complicated.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.