Alejandro Balde has cemented his place in Xavi Hernandez’s plans as Barcelona’s first-choice left-back. His rise to fame last season came as a big surprise, for he sidelined even the great Jordi Alba with his trickery down the left with relative ease.
The future of the left-back position, however, was not so clear even a couple of years ago. Junior Firpo, Marc Cucurella, and Juan Miranda were only some of the club’s numerous attempts to find the next big name in their full-back position.
Miranda returns to the headlines
Miranda left Barcelona to join Real Betis on loan in October 2020 before making it a permanent transfer the following summer. The player thus cut all ties with the Blaugrana institution, barring one clause on his contract.
Barcelona, to this date, retain a right over 40% of what is paid for a future transfer of the player. Over two years after his move from the club, the occasion to cash in on the clause appears on the horizon.
According to reports from SPORT, AC Milan are very closely linked with a January move for Miranda. In fact, some outlets state that the Rossoneri already have an agreement in place with the player and that the move is only a matter of time.
Depending on the manager’s request, Milan could sign the youngster as early as the coming winter transfer window.
Barcelona thus remain attentive to the movements from Sevilla, for they could receive a sizeable chunk from the operation.
Hanging by a thread
At first sight, there is not much that can go wrong for Barcelona in the deal. However, Miranda’s contract with Los Verdiblancos runs out in June, completely changing the dynamic of the operation.
If Milan postpones the youngster’s acquisition by six months, they can sign the player on a free transfer. Barcelona will not receive any compensation in such a scenario.
Given that Stefano Pioli already has the services of the young and agile Theo Hernandez, it is a real possibility that Milan delay the operation.