Álex Collado could stay, but keeps the doors open for a move

Álex Collado during a LaLiga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at the Estadio Mestalla / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
Álex Collado during a LaLiga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at the Estadio Mestalla / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

The Barcelona-talent Álex Collado, has many clubs interested in acquiring him on loan. The player wants to wait for Barça’s plans before making a move.

Álex Collado has been an academy player for La Masía throughout his time in youth football up until his leap to the club’s B team. Since his promotion to Barça B and the arrival of García Pimienta, he has been the player who has been directly involved in the highest amount of goals, scoring 10 and setting up another 8.

His brilliance in the Blaugranas’ B team has been a positive surprise. This season, he was involved in the preseason game with the first team, in Japan, where they faced Vissel Kobe. He was also in the dynamics of the first team, with Quique Setién even giving him a few minutes in the Mestalla in the league fixture against Valencia.

In addition to this, the Sabadell-born player was having a fantastic season with Barça B looking towards promotion to the second division, having personally contributed with 5 goals and 5 assists. In fact, one of his goals was crowned the best goal in the league, the Second Division B, for the season.

After such good performances, important La Liga clubs have already asked Barcelona about a loan deal for Álex Collado, according to the Spanish news outlet, Mundo Deportivo.

According to the same report, Real Sociedad view Collado as the replacement for Ødegaard if the Norwegian leaves San Sebastián. The Basque club is the one most interested in the 21-year-old player.

There is also Celta de Vigo, who love the player and have previous experiences in other loan agreements with Barcelona, such as the recent deal with Rafinha. Lastly, Villarreal are asking for a loan deal but want a buy option included in the agreement, which the Catalan club refuses to do. The Catalans are only willing to let him go on a loan deal without a buyout clause included.

For now, Barcelona want to keep Collado in first-team dynamics, as well as involve him in the preseason games with Quique Setién’s team, where he is liked by the manager.

Álex Collado himself wants to continue at Barcelona and listen to the plans of the club regarding his future before making a decision, but he is open to the possibility of leaving on loan to grow in the first Spanish division, according to the same report.

Collado is a versatile player and can excel both in midfield, but also on the wings, making him an attractive player for many clubs looking to bolster their squads — even temporarily.