A fresh insight into the future of Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde has come to the fore late on Thursday evening.
The name of defender Balde has of course been cast into the spotlight over the course of the last week.
This comes after Luis Enrique opted to hand the 19-year-old a shock call-up to the Spanish national team squad for the World Cup, on the back of an injury suffered by Valencia star Jose Gaya.
Balde, in turn, went on to make his La Roja bow on Wednesday, en route to Spain’s seven-goal drubbing of minnows Costa Rica.
Whilst his emergence on the international stage may have come as a surprise to many, though, one group who have long been aware of the explosive potential possessed in Balde’s twinkling feet are those in a position of power at Barcelona.
A product of the famed La Masia setup in Catalunya, the full-back, who can line out on either the left or right of a back-four, has been afforded starts in all but two of Barca’s La Liga outings thus far this season.
In turn, it should not come as much of a surprise to hear of work already taking place behind the scenes at the Camp Nou to tie Balde down for the long-term.
After recently tying down the prodigious Gavi long-term, the Blaugrana now intend to do the same with their starring young defender.
As per a report from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the extension of Balde’s contract has emerged as a ‘priority’ in the Catalan capital.
A fresh round of negotiations with the teenage talent’s representatives, as a result, are scheduled after the close of Spain’s World Cup adventure.
Crucially, it is also added that ‘optimism’ is now abound on the part of both parties that an agreement will ultimately be struck.