Jordi Alba has been without a left-back replacement for nearly a decade. His injury record and chemistry with the team are excellent, which often works in Barcelona’s favor, but they are looking to bring in a proper deputy ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Xavi has chosen Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso to reinforce the position, but a move is complicated at this point. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spaniard is adamant about joining Barça and is willing to submit a ‘transfer request’ to force his way out.
If the parent club refuses to let the player leave, the Premier League is forced to intervene and mediate between the two parties.
The Blues have recently changed ownership and have lost two free agents in Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger during this transfer window.
They are already under intense scrutiny as a result of the Roman Abramovich scandal, and they cannot afford to overspend during this window, despite the fact that their team is literally falling apart.
Meanwhile, Barcelona probably cannot afford to go another season without a reliable backup left-back. Alba has had a stellar injury record in his decade with the club, but he had several scares last season.
Ronald Koeman and Xavi attempted to plug the hole with Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Dest, Clement Lenglet, and Alejandro Balde at the time. However, none with great success.
Furthermore, with Dani Alves departing, Dest and Sergi Roberto are the only options at right-back. A deal for Cesar Azpilicueta is being negotiated, but it is in its early stages.
Alonso is in the final year of his contract, which could cost up to €5-7 million. However, he is clearly not a priority for Barcelona, who would rather focus on Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Jules Kounde before looking ahead.