Barcelona have decisions to make this summer regarding their squad, but there is a clear need to bring in another left-back to offer competition to Jordi Alba.
The Spain international was in fine form last season but was rarely given a breather, as Barcelona simply did not have another established left-back in the squad.
Here are five candidates Barcelona should consider to fill the left-back void:
The speedy full-back has impressed during his loan stint at Ipurua with Eibar and has made a powerful impact from the left side of the field. The dynamic full-back likes to play short passes, is very strong in blocking the ball and regularly makes vital defensive contributions. At 20 years of age, he still has a lot to learn and by being an understudy to Jordi Alba, he is certain to reach new heights. Eibar have taken up their purchase option already, but Barcelona should bring their man back at all costs as the future looks bright for him.
Another former Barcelona player is Alex Grimaldo, who plies his trade with Portuguese giants Benfica. His rise in the team has not gone unnoticed as top clubs have regularly been linked with him. A proficient passer of the ball, his dribbling and crossing skills are appreciable as well. The Portuguese side won’t let him go for cheap but if Barcelona pull the trigger on this transfer, they are certain to grab a high quality left-back.
The Valencia left-back, if looked upon by the Blaugranes, would be more of a defensive-minded signing as he is better defensively than going forwards. There have been reports that Atletico Madrid are also interested in his services, and he is a reliable presence at the back. Yes, he has a different style of play than Alba, but maybe that is good thing.
Barcelona and Ajax have a long history when it comes to transfers, from Johan Cruyff to Frenkie de Jong. Ajax players have shone at the Camp Nou, and Nicolas Tagliafico to Barcelona is another rumour that has been getting some attention. The Ajax player is a fantastic passer of the ball, is great at interceptions and would prove to be a reliable backup to Alba. Although he has said that he will remain at the club next season, advances from the best club in the world would be tough to resist.
This might prove to be a shocker but rumors are circling that Barcelona are readying an offer for the Betis wing player after his impressive stint with Los Verdiblancos. Although he is more comfortable as a left-midfielder in a 3-4-3 formation, he shouldn’t have problems adjusting to a much deeper role. Apart from the usual qualities a flank player has, he is great at aerial duels, something Barcelona would like to have in their squad. He doesn’t have a commanding fee but if Barcelona are serious about this guy, it might prove to be more of a risky transfer than a decent one.