Barcelona are in the market for defensive reinforcements with president Joan Laporta recently revealing the club’s summer transfer plans despite having a ban placed on them.
La Liga president Javier Tebas recently stated that the Catalan giants will not be allowed to sign any players in the summer unless they are able to raise £178 million, from player sales and reduced wage bills, in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations.
Despite this, Laporta remains optimistic about bringing reinforcements this summer, especially full-backs. While the right-back role remains a priority, Barca are also scouting the market for a left-back to replace 33-year-old Jordi Alba.
Barcelona eye Monaco left-back as successor to Jordi Alba
Youngster Alejandro Balde was believed to be the perfect candidate to replace Jordi Alba, especially with his recent success under coach Xavi Hernandez. The 19-year-old has made 32 appearances for Blaugrana this season, while the veteran Alba has experienced less playtime with 22 appearances.
Many would have thought this to be a sign that the Spanish side won’t be spending on a left-back this summer but Sport reports that the Catalans have joined Everton in pursuit of Monaco defender Caio Henrique.
The Premier League side have been eyeing the Brazilian international since October while Barca have just entered the race. Yet, the Spanish giants could have a better chance of securing the 25-year-old after the defender revealed his desire of switching from the Brazilian national team to the Spanish side after gaining citizenship through spending years with Atletico Madrid.
The move to Camp Nou could be the perfect path to earning a spot with the Spanish national team with Henrique with the potential of being the perfect successor to Jordi Alba.
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