Based on El Nacional (via Barca Universal), the Catalan team are said to be looking for a replacement for Alba. The left-back could be one of the players to fall as new Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez wants to shake up a struggling team.
SL Benfica full-back Grimaldo is one of the most touted options to replace Alba at the Nou Camp. The 26-year-old graduated from Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy after coming from Valencia’s youth team. Grimaldo made it to the Catalan club’s B team before moving to Benfica in 2016.
The Spaniard has made 224 appearances for the Portuguese giants, scoring 16 goals and providing 45 assists. However, Grimaldo could not yet represent his national side.
Barcelona have also been repeatedly linked with Valencia’s Jose Gaya for some time. The Catalan team was said to be considering buying the Spaniard in recent transfer windows, but was rejected. Los Murcielagoasking price of.
Gaya, who has been with Valencia since his youth days, has made 272 appearances for the first team, scoring eight goals and providing 32 assists. The 26-year-old has also made 17 appearances for Spain, scoring three goals and providing four assists.
Finally, Ramy Bensebaini is emerging in recent times thanks to impressive performances for Borussia Monchengladbach. Bensebaini made 68 appearances for Germany, scoring 14 goals and providing six assists.
The 26-year-old also made 41 appearances for Algeria, in which he scored five goals and provided three assists. Bensebaini is talented, but is unlikely to become Barcelona’s top priority without Grimaldo and Gaya.
Jordi Alba has had an extraordinary career at Barcelona
Jordi Alba joined Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2012. Alba is expected to fill the huge void left Eric Abidal and did an admirable job.
In his first season with the club, the Spaniard made 44 appearances, scoring five goals and assisting five more. Alba immediately became one of the first names in the iconic Barcelona squad as he also developed a deadly connection up front with the club. Lionel Messi.
The left-back recently made his 400th appearance in all competitions for the club in a 0-1 home loss to Real Betis. In those matches for Blaugrana, Alba got 22 goals and 86 assists.
He’s also won multiple titles over the past nine years. Alba’s journey at Barcelona included five La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey titles and a UEFA Champions League title. The 32-year-old has also won three Supercopas de Espana and one FIFA Club World Cup.
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Alba has made 80 appearances for Spain, scoring nine goals and providing 17 assists. He is a key member of La Roja Euro 2012 champion team.
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