Barcelona are hopeful of recruiting Valencia general manager Mateu Alemany to head their sports department, say Catalan radio.
Alemany is due to leave the Mestalla due to irreversible differences with the club’s president Peter Lim and it comes in the wake of Marcelino Garcia Toral’s dismissal as Coach.
However, the report adds that the main stumbling block to such a move would be a clause in Alemany’s current deal at Los Che which is a hindrance to him joining another Spanish top-flight club.
Alemany has been the individual accredited for Valencia’s rise back to the top of Spanish football in the past two seasons – they have recorded successive top four finishes after back-to-back campaigns in which they ended the season 12th in La Liga.
Lim is said to have interfered in sporting matters and this has led to a professional fallout between the individuals, with Alemany considering his position untenable.
Alemany was behind Marcelino’s appointment two summers ago and stuck by the Coach earlier in the season with the club languishing in the bottom half of the standings.