Alejandro Balde had always been regarded as one of the crown jewels of the Barcelona academy over the past few years. And this season, the youngster is slowly starting to reveal his true potential, having become a key component in Xavi’s setup so far this campaign.
The left-back has amassed over 300 minutes of league football, displacing Jordi Alba and Marcos Alonso as Barcelona’s number one.
However, Balde’s exceptional performances have not gone unnoticed, with the defender recently a target for Chelsea, according to Fichajes.
The report suggests the Premier League giants are in the market for a new left-back following Alonso’s move to Barcelona. The Blues roped in Marco Cucurella at the start of the summer. However, they lack confidence in their other option in Ben Chilwell, prompting the club to find an alternative.
Balde has proven to be a viable option for Chelsea. The Barcelona youngster has shown huge potential this season, particularly with his ability to offer pace and dynamism. This is coupled with his athleticism and technical prowess, making him a perfect fit for Chelsea’s style of play.
According to Fichajes, the Premier League giants have identified Balde as one of their primary targets at the end of the season. They are even prepared to put €15m on the table for the youngster, although that is unlikely to worry Barca.
After all, the Catalans have finally found a capable replacement for Alba and are unlikely to even entertain the thought of offloading him. Instead, Barça are already preparing plans to tie Balde to a new long-term contract with the club.