There are some reports in the news today that Newcastle have been watching 19 year-old Barcelona central midfielder Carles Alena, who has so far played four senior games for the Barca first team.
Alena is the captain of the Spanish U19 side and Rafa Benitez is always on the look out for good young players he can bring to Newcastle and because of his many contacts in Spain that should become a happy hunting ground for us in the future.
One report is in the Sun and they say Rafa wants to bring him to Tyneside this summer, but that will likely only be for a loan spell.
19 year-old Barcelona central midfielder Carles Alena
However another option big clubs often use is to sell him outright, but just to hedge their bets if he progresses and becomes a really good player, then they can buy him back at a stated fee – but the player must also agree to that kind of deal.
That to us seems to be one-side for the big clubs like Barcelona – you can have him on a transfer but if he becomes really good we want to buy him back – where’s the risk in that for Barcelona?
Carles seems a talented young player who has played 38 times for the Barcelona B side with four goals and he has so far made 4 senior appearances for the first team.
Late last year there was news that Manchester United wanted the youngster, who has been dubbed the ‘new Andres Iniesta’.
But if that’s the case Barca would hardly let him leave the club other than on a loan deal and the youngster has been likened to Barcelona’s 33 year-old veteran Andres Iniesta by the coaches at the Catalan giants.
But Carles is obviously a good young player, but if he came on loan to Newcastle this summer, the Spanish club would expect him to play for the Newcastle first team so he has to be good enough to get some games.
If he’s anything like Iniesta that should not be a problem.
What do you think?