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Xavi and Barcelona board in conflict about left-back signing



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Ahead of the new season, Barcelona have several positions to strengthen in the squad in the summer transfer window.

One area where reinforcements are necessary is the left-back slot, where Jordi Alba has no viable backup. While youngster Alejandro Balde is an option, the youngster has little experience and manager Xavi Hernandez has been reluctant to use him.

So, an established left-back is something that the Blaugrana are expected to look at in the summer, with several names already being linked.

But, a report from ARA is now claiming that there is no general consensus within the club over which left-back target to pursue.

It is claimed that Barcelona director Mateu Alemany is leaning towards the signing of Valencia left-back and captain Jose Gaya. The 26-year-old is one of the most well-established left-backs in Spain and has a wealth of experience, with his best years still in front of him.

Gaya’s contract with Los Che also stands to expire next year, and even though talks over an extension are believed to be taking place, there is nothing concrete as of yet. Alemany’s past ties with Valencia mean that he knows the Spaniard well and wants him at Camp Nou.

However, as per the report, manager Xavi is favouring a move for SL Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo over Gaya. The 26-year-old will also see his contract expire in 2023, much like the Valencia skipper and has been performing at the top level in Portugal for over six years now.

A former La Masia trainee with close to 100 appearances for Barcelona’s B team, Grimaldo is well-versed with the methods and philosophies of the club. It would make his transition into the squad a seamless one, which is why Xavi could be leaning towards signing him.

As things stand, the Catalan club are yet to zero in on a priority target, with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso also being an option. However, the report adds that Barcelona have other priorities at the moment before they focus their attention on signing a full-back.

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