Barcelona take on Man United and Chelsea in race for Bundesliga defender
Barcelona are looking for a new left-back this summer. As Jordi Alba approaches the final stages of his respective careers, there are question marks over his longevity and fitness.
Xavi Hernandez believes he needs a proper backup for Alba who is currently the only recognized option available at left-back. Due to the lack of a reliable alternative, the Barcelona manager had to land Sergino Dest in this position this season.
In order to alleviate the problem, Barcelona are ready to target a left-back next summer. The Catalans are said to be looking for up to ten options in the market, including VfB Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa.
The Croatia international is considered one of the best full-backs in the Bundesliga after two excellent seasons with the Swabians. But with the prospect of relegation looming, he could end up leaving Stuttgart at the end of the season.
Sosa’s precarious situation has put Barcelona on red alert. But according to Kicker (h/t Daily Mail), the Catalans are set to face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Manchester United, for their part, are prioritizing a move for the Croatian this summer, with Erik ten Hag seeing him as the ideal upgrade over Luke Shaw and Alex Telles.
Chelsea are also involved in the race to sign Sosa, amid uncertainty over Marcos Alonso’s future. Curiously, the Spaniard has recently been linked with a move to Camp Nou.
Barcelona, however, would certainly welcome a move for Sosa, who is compared to English football legend David Beckham due to his crossing abilities and long blonde hair.
With eight assists in 27 league appearances, the Croatia international has once again enjoyed an impressive Bundesliga campaign. His large-scale services have been essential in helping Stuttgart stay in the race for survival as we approach the commercial end of the campaign.
But regardless of the final day’s outcome, Sosa would be ready to take the next step in his career by joining a bigger team this summer. And with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United lined up, it will be interesting to see what the future holds at the back.