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Revealed: The Barcelona star for whom Man City saw a summer approached rejected

Premier League champions Manchester City saw a summer approach for an up-and-coming member of the defensive ranks at Barcelona rebuffed, it has been revealed.

The player in question? Alejandro Balde.

For those not familiar with his name, Balde is a gifted 19-year-old left-back, widely regarded as one of the standout young talents in Spain.

Since exploding onto the scene at the Camp Nou last season, he has gone on to establish himself as an undisputed starter under the watch of Xavi Hernandez, courtesy of a stellar combination of touch, athleticism, defensive nous and remarkable poise in the final third.

Such traits have even seen Balde establish himself on the international stage, too, en route to five caps at senior level with Spain.

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In turn, it should perhaps come as little surprise to hear that one of European football’s heavyweight clubs expressed a keen interest in luring the teenage talent away from Catalunya during the summer.

The Camp Nou hierarchy, however, were unwavering in their stance that Balde is not for sale under any circumstances.

This comes with the defender expected to put pen to paper on a new Blaugrana contract any day now.

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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