Barcelona reportedly ready to sanction January Alena departure/Tottenham keen

Reports across the Spanish media today suggest that Barcelona are ready to part ways with the out-of-favour Carles Alena in January, with Tottenham extremely keen on his signature.

Barca prodigy

Alena, a gifted 21-year-old midfielder, made his way through Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy.

After impressing throughout the fledgling years of his career, the youngster was subsequently fast-tracked into the first-team picture of the Blaugrana for the first time in 2016.

Alena had long been considered a star in the making by those in charge at the Camp Nou, with his technical attributes and ability to ghost by opposing players having seen the Spaniard likened to Barca legend Andres Iniesta.

Last season proved Alena’s most productive to date in terms of game-time, as the midfielder racked up 17 La Liga appearances, including 6 starts.

And the opening day of the new campaign suggested that the Spanish U21 international was set to be depended on even more heavily by Ernesto Valderde this time around, with Alena having been thrown in from the off at Athletic Bilbao.

Incredibly, however, the starlet was hooked after just 45 minutes at the San Mames, and has since failed to carve out a single minute for himself in the Spanish champions’ first-team.

Spurs switch?

Alena’s struggles for time on the pitch come amid fierce midfield competition at the Camp Nou, with Ernesto Valverde’s squad boasting a near-embarrassment of riches in the middle of the park.

All of Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic are also at the disposal of the Blaugrana boss.

As such, as per reports across the Spanish media today, this competition for places at the Camp Nou looks set to result in Alena being on the move in January.

First off, Sport suggest that the 21-year-old will be farmed out on loan in the winter transfer window, to secure more regular game-time.

The likes of Real Betis, Getafe, Celta Vigo and Granada are all touted as potential destinations.

Mundo Deportivo, though, appear to hint at a permanent transfer for Alena.

The midfielder himself is said to be open to a January move, with Premier League giants Tottenham closely monitoring the situation.

In fact, it is suggested that Spurs have been on Alena’s trail since the summer, with Mauricio Pochettino a huge fan of his talents.

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