The close relationship between Barcelona and Arsenal is well known after past transfers between the two clubs.
Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sánchez and Thomas Vermaelen just to name a few when have moved between the two clubs in recent years. This time, the Gunners are looking at one particular young Catalan player.
According to SPORT, the Gunners are keen on signing Aleix Garrido this summer. The 19-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut last season, coming on for six minutes against Elche. However, he has not had the opportunity to play more with the first team, despite being called up on numerous occasions.
On several occasions, Xavi has made it clear he is a big fan of the player which makes it seem like Barcelona would be reluctant in letting the player leave this summer.
Injured at the start of the 2022/23 campaign, the youngster from La Masia has caught the eye of several European clubs after excelling in the UEFA Youth League, scoring once and providing six assists in just six games.
Nevertheless, the player does not seem intent on leaving Catalonia. He recently signed a contract extension with FC Barcelona until 2025, which should reassure Barcelona fans. What’s more, the club are reportedly planning to include the 19-year-old in the pre-season training camp ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, along with other young talents from the club.
However, with Xavi aiming to strengthen the midfield this summer, and Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong ahead of him, there could come a time when he finds himself barred from the first team. So, let’s wait and see.