Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena is reportedly looking to secure an exit in the January transfer window in search of regular game-time.
According to a report from RAC 1, Spanish midfielder Carles Alena is looking for a way out from Barcelona in the January transfer window as he looks to secure regular first-team action.
A product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, Alena is regarded as one of the finest prospects to have come through the ranks at the club. However, despite having made his senior debut for the Blaugrana all the way back in 2016, the 22-year-old’s career has failed to take off as expected.
So far, Alena has made just 44 first-team appearances for Barcelona, producing a return of three goals in the process. The 22-year-old spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign out on loan at Real Betis, where he made a solid impression. But that hasn’t been enough to convince new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman to count on him on a regular basis.
Indeed, Alena has featured just five times across all competitions this season, with only one among those being a start which came in the UEFA Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv. Having failed to get minutes on a consistent basis at the club, the Spaniard has reportedly set his sights on an exit.
As per the aforementioned report, Alena could once again move to a fellow La Liga outfit on loan for the second half of the 2020/21 campaign. It also states that there is the option of a transfer to a club abroad as well.
Alena’s situation has led to interest from La Liga side Getafe, something which club president Angel Torres has already confirmed. Speaking on Onda Cero (h/t Goal.com), he revealed that the club were looking to sign Alena from Barcelona as well as Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo in the January transfer window.
“Kubo wants to come. Yes, the other reinforcement may be Alena. But we are not going to go crazy,” Torres said. With Alena too looking for a way out from Camp Nou, there is a strong possibility that a move might take place this month.
The 22-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Barcelona runs till the summer of 2022. So, it will be interesting to see whether Barcelona loan him out for the rest of the season or decide to cash in on him before he enters the final year of his deal.