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Barcelona loanee could replace exit-bound veteran star in the squad next season

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Barcelona are forecasting an array of young talents to reinforce the team in the coming summer – essentially players coming back from loan.

One of them is Alex Valle. Currently on loan at Levante, the young defender has been one of the most impressive loanees for Barcelona this season.

A left-back by trade, Valle has emerged as an ever-present figure for Levante, racking up 23 appearances in the second division.

The 19-year-old has impressed onlookers with his technical proficiency and the ability to provide width going forward. As a result, many expect him to be a part of the Barcelona squad next season.

Valle to benefit from Alonso’s departure?

According to Alex Pintanel, Valle may stand to gain from the departure of Marcos Alonso this summer.

The veteran defender is indeed going to leave Barcelona as a free agent at the end of the season. He has already found his next club in the form of Atletico Madrid.

Marcos Alonso may join Atletico Madrid this summer (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Alonso’s exit may open up space in the left-back unit and that is where Alex Valle comes into the fray. The youngster may compete for the left-back spot next season alongside Alejandro Balde and potentially Joao Cancelo, depending on whether or not Barça can retain him.

Barcelona’s chief coordinator, Bojan, has witnessed Valle in action multiple times this season and is very convinced of his performances.

The club, therefore, could be ready to count on the youngster’s services next season. In fact, he is not the only loan player who may become a part of the team next season, with the club receiving good reports for right-back Julian Araujo.

Barcelona’s economic woes, coupled with a lack of depth in the full-back positions could catapult these two into important roles in the senior team for the season ahead.

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