Barca allegedly could part ways with Alena in January
- Barca have 7 midfielders fighting for 3 starting positions.
- Alena has only played 45 minutes this season and has been snubbed since La Liga matchday 1.
- Carles could join a team in Spain, although it's unclear whether it would be a loan or a permanent transfer.
According to Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo, Carles Alena could consider leaving Barcelona in the winter transfer market if his situation at the club doesn't change. The report, however, doesn't specify whether it would be a loan or a permanent transfer but the midfielder allegedly has several suitors from La Liga.
Earlier on, L'Esportiu revealed that Carles was close to joining Real Betis on loan this summer. However, the Catalans didn't allow him to leave.
Currently, Blaugrana have seven midfielders competing for three starting spots and it has been difficult for the 21-year-old to get any playing time since the disappointing away loss to Athletic Bilbao. As a reminder, Ernesto Valverde played Alena from start but subbed him off at half-time.
Since then, the Spaniard has been left out of the squad of seven games and has been left on the bench twice. In total, he has played only 45 minutes this season.
It seems that Alena is currently behind all Barcelona first-team midfielders, namely, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal so it wouldn't be surprising if the 21-year-old moves elsewhere in winter.
Alena has scored three goals in 35 senior appearances for Barca. He only received promotion last year. Alena came through the ranks of La Masia Academy and it would be a harsh blow to lose yet another homegrown player. Enjoy his rise through the ranks!