The greats of the Premier League are interested in Balde

By Liam Styles

The greats of the Premier League are interested in Balde

Alejandro Balde is not enjoying all the prominence of last season, but he continues to be a vital footballer for Barça.

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Alejandro Balde is one of the most prominent players in the Barcelona squad market and for whom the Barça team could make a bigger profit in order to gradually solve their delicate financial situation. At 20 years old, the left-handed back is experiencing a start to the season with comings and goings and without the title of undisputed starter for Xavi Hernández. For this reason, the big clubs in the Premier League do not lose track of him and it will be next summer when one of them can go for him, taking advantage of the fact that he is not starring with his team.

Specifically, there are three teams that have set their eyes on Balde. And they are none other than the current Premier League champions, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, which is the one that has shown the most interest in the Spanish footballer. But it is surely Pep Guardiola's team that has the upper hand. And Joao Cancelo is still his player and Barcelona cannot afford large outlays for him next summer. Therefore, Balde could enter the operation as a bargaining chip.

It is true that the interest of the Premier League is not something new for Balde, since his emergence a year ago with Barcelona did not leave anyone indifferent. But this same year, Balde signed his renewal until 2028 with a clause of 1,000 million euros. An unaffordable amount for any team and with the Barça team's objective of securing their player for the coming years. Although Jorge Mendes, as an expert on these issues, was in charge of signing a condition in the renewal in which they could leave Barça if the board gave the go-ahead.

According to the newspaper Sport, Alejandro Balde is aware of the interest of these Premier League teams and whose offers improve (much) the salary conditions. However, the player has the objective of remaining linked to the Barça team in the coming seasons. That does not mean that the Spanish full-back can be part of one of the soap operas next summer since Barça will need to sell one of its great players.

A strategic player

Although Xavi has given him a touch of attention this season by leaving him on the bench at the time when Barcelona was playing the famous 'finals' against Porto, Atlético de Madrid and Girona, the reality is that Balde is a very important for the club. At 20 years old, the Spaniard left Jordi Alba, one of the most important footballers in the club's history in that position, on the bench last season. After a few days on the bench, Balde returned to the starting lineup against Antwerp, Valencia and Almería. 270 minutes, that is, 100% of the minutes in the last three games to regain Xavi's confidence and face 2024 as the undisputed starter for Xavi Hernández.

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