Xavi has told reporters that FC Barcelona won’t need to go into the transfer market to find another left-back after Jordi Alba’s departure.
“We won’t sign a new left back this summer to replace Alba; we have Alejandro Balde and Marcos Alonso,” Xavi said.
Balde is the youth player turned starter since this season, who has exploded onto the scene and even got a call-up from Spain for the FIFA World Cup.
Alonso is the veteran signed last year from Chelsea. His normal position coming into last season was left-back, but in his first season at Barça, he’s played mostly as a central defender.
Whether Alonso still has the pace to be a regular left-back, especially if Balde were to be unavailable for big stretches or an important match, is questionable.
There have been rumors that Barcelona is looking at various left-backs, but nothing has advanced too much.
What is clear, however, is the team is looking for a new holding midfielder after Sergio Busquets’s departure.