As per a report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona youngster Carles Alena looks increasingly-likely to join Real Betis on loan next month.
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 failed to feature again even once until earlier this month.
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, Alena, who is highly thought of throughout Europe, has inevitably been linked with a potential January departure from Catalunya.
Reports stemming from Spain back in October even named Tottenham as a potential destination.
❗️✈️ Aleñá puede salir en enero
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 27, 2019
As per the aforementioned update from Ferran Martinez of Mundo Deportivo, though, Alena looks set for a La Liga stay, albeit not at the Camp Nou.
The Spaniard is in fact said to be inching ever closer to a winter switch to Real Betis.
Alena’s future is reportedly tied to that of Arturo Vidal, with a Barca stay for the Chilean next month set to open the door for his young teammate to move on.
Any move to Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin would come in the form of a loan until the end of the season.
The Verdiblancos, though, hope to secure an option to buy Alena next summer.
Those in charge at Barcelona are thought to be open to such a formula, but only in the case that a buyback clause is included in the deal.
🔺 La salida de Aleñá al Betis está casi acordada, pero Carles podría vivir un ‘dejà vu’ como en verano.
— Ferran Martínez (@martinezferran) December 16, 2019