Spanish right-back Aleix Vidal has failed to win over the support of Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and could be tempted to switch boats due to a genuine interest shown by AC Milan.
The 2015/16 season has been far from a good one for Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal. By conceding that it is “difficult to adapt to the best club in the world and even more difficult if you are competing with the best full-back [Dani Alves],” Vidal has found himself being treated as an anomaly at the Nou Camp.
Barca boss Luis Enrique played hard-ball to sign Vidal from Sevilla, but unfortunately the Spaniard has failed to live up to his own expectations at Nou Camp, let alone the manager’s.
The 27-year-old has often complained about the lack of playing opportunities which has often frustrated the manager. Due to his shambolic display in Barcelona’s defeat against Alaves, Vidal was dropped from the side that decimated Celtic in the Champions League and failed to make the squad the following week against Eibar.
This saw the defender take a subtle, yet sarcastic dig on Luis Enrique. According to ESPN, he said: The best thing about today has been the parchis [a game the Barca players play on away trips] and not much else. The Eibar bench? It was great, with Jeremy [Mathieu] by my side, like many other times.”
Due to the player’s lack of professionalism, he has failed to make a comeback in the Barcelona team and the time may have come for the Catalans to bid him farewell. He was subject to transfer interest from both Milan sides in the summer, but it now seems that AC Milan have the upper hand in securing his signature.
Vidal’s agent Graziano Battistini is looking for a new club for the Spaniard, and has recently dropped a huge hint regarding his client’s future. Speaking on Estadio Deportivo (h/t Football Italia), Battisini said: “We must find a solution. He’s a player that is liked by many clubs, but I’m not aware that he’s a priority for Napoli. Milan? We’re waiting to see what happens there.”
At the moment, Milan have two out and out right-backs in Ignazio Abate and David Calabria. However, the former has already started to show signs of slowing down while the latter lacks the experience to jump into the playing eleven every week. Thus, Vidal moving to San Siro from Barcelona could be a move that will benefit all the three parties.