Barcelona eye RB Leipzig sensation as potential alternative for Jose Gaya
It appears Barcelona’s pursuit of Jose Gaya may soon hit a dead end. Valencia are demanding hefty fees for their captain, who himself is unlikely to entertain the idea of playing second fiddle to Jordi Alba.
It has prompted Barca to scour the market for potential alternatives, especially with the left-back spot emerging as a priority for Xavi Hernandez. The club have reportedly set their sights on two La Liga stars in Javi Galan and Alex Moreno, as cost-effective alternatives for Gaya.
However, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans are keeping an eye on the Bundesliga as well, with Angelino emerging as a potential target.
Formerly of Manchester City, the Spaniard is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the German top-flight, having enjoyed immense success since joining RB Leipzig. He has 88 competitive appearances to his name, scoring 11 goals while providing 27 assists.
Angelino was one of the top performers in the Bundesliga last season, compelling Leipzig to sign him permanently from Man City.
While the left-back has struggled to reach the same heights this term, he is slowly starting to recover his form under new coach Domenico Tedesco.
A product of the Deportivo youth academy, Angelino has earned a reputation for his technical brilliance and ability to whip in crosses into the box.
The 25-year-old is quite versatile too, as he is capable of featuring as a left-winger and even as a central midfielder if required. It could make him a potential asset at Barcelona, especially with Xavi keen on finding a long-term replacement for Alba.
However, the report suggests Barca are unlikely to go all out for Angelino. They are aware that the Leipzig starlet could cost a fortune as his current contract in east Germany doesn’t expire until 2025.
It could ultimately prompt the Catalans to target other alternatives in the market, including Javi Galan, Sergio Reguilon and former La Masia graduate and long-time target Alejandro Grimaldo.