In a surprising update from Jose Alvarez on El Chiringuito TV, it is being claimed that Barcelona are targeting a January transfer for Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.
The 27-year-old North Macedonian ace has had stints with Rabotnicki, Udinese, Cadiz, Recreativo Granada and Gimnastic before he joined Vallecano in 2018. Initially having linked up on loan, his transfer was made permanent in January 2019.
Dimitrievski has since gone on to make 102 appearances for the club, keeping 29 clean sheets in the process. Capped 52 times by the North Macedonian national team, the shot-stopper is an experienced customer at the club and international levels.
Now, it is being claimed that Barcelona have shown a surprise interest in signing the 27-year-old. The Catalans have Marc-Andre ter Stegen as their first-choice goalkeeper, with Neto as his backup.
The German international has come under some criticism of late and there have been links to an exit. However, it is unlikely that Barcelona would part ways with him midway through the campaign. It is expected that the club will wait till the summer to make a decision on his future.
However, Neto is considered an expendable commodity by the Blaugrana while the Brazilian himself is believed to be keen on an exit. Should he be allowed to leave, the club will need a reliable backup for ter Stegen for the rest of the season.
And that is where Dimitrievski could enter the picture as Barcelona are considering sending youngster Inaki Pena out on loan to help his development.
In such a scenario, the Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper could become a viable target for the Catalans to act as backup for ter Stegen while Pena earns valuable first-team experience on a temporary stint at a different club.
However, Dimitrievski’s contract with the La Liga club runs till the summer of 2024. And, they might demand a sizeable sum for his signing should Barcelona make an approach. It remains to be seen if there is any truth to these reports or it is just another rumour that leads nowhere.