Barcelona’s Juan Miranda set for Schalke loan

Barcelona defender Juan Miranda is set to join Bundesliga club Schalke this week on a two-year loan deal, report Diario AS.

It had been claimed the left-back would join French club Marseille this week but the German team have now moved ahead in the negotiations process and look set to seal a deal.

The 19-year-old, a native of Andalusia, began his career at Real Betis before joining the youth system of the Catalan giants aged 14.

The left-back made four first-team appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side last season including the Champions League group stage game at home to Tottenham in December.

However, he did not feature in La Liga for the Blaugrana with Jordi Alba the club’s established left-back, while the club have now also signed Junior Firpo in the position.

Miranda has starred for Barca B this campaign with previous report claiming Betis technical secretary Pedro Buenaventura has extensively scouted the Spain youth international.

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