Barcelona are interested in signing 25-year-old Brazilian star in January transfer market.
With the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Jules Kounde, Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso, Andreas Christensen, and Pablo Torre, Barcelona essentially expanded their arsenal this summer across all positions.
While everyone anticipated that Lewandowski, Kounde, and even Raphinha would start. Alonso appears to have already received the nod from Xavi this season as the first-choice left-back.
The fact that the Spaniard started against Bayern Munich on Tuesday shows that Xavi has faith in him despite the fact that he was previously regarded to be below Alejandro Balde and Jordi Alba in the pecking order.
Barcelona has however continued to explore for alternatives in such situation. According to a SPORT report, the club is reportedly not quite happy with the choices it currently has and is keeping an eye on Caio Henrique of AS Monaco.
The Brazilian is coveted by the Barça coaching staff for his technical ability, ease with the ball, and an orthodox offensive profile that is lacking in the present lineup.
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Balde and Alba’s playing time is continuing to decline, therefore Barcelona believes they may make changes to the left-back position in the winter transfer market.
According to reports, Inter Milan was prepared to take the latter player on loan but the deal fell through because the player did not want to leave.
Balde, a young man, has taken risks thus far this season. He averages a chance created every other game and has started four of his five league appearances.
Although his offensive output does not yet match that of Alba, his work ethic and intensity are commendable enough for him to start over his captain.
Balde has already received a few offers from the Premier League, and Barcelona may consider selling him in an effort to generate revenue. His outstanding pre-season swayed Xavi and the others, even though they had been debating it since the summer.
Selling Balde would undoubtedly free up enough cash for the Catalans to chase Henrique. Although the 25-year-contract old’s with Monaco runs in 2027, Monaco is unlikely to let him leave for a lower sum.