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Wednesday November 13 2019
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena set for loan exit

Barcelona are set to loan out midfielder Carles Alena in January without a purchase option, say Diario Sport.

The Catalan outlet say that Alena will be loaned out in the short term with Ivan Rakitic and Moussa Wague also set to exit the Camp Nou, with no arrivals in January.

Real Betis, Granada, Getafe and Celta Vigo are four clubs who have registered an interest in taking Alena on a loan deal, while there has also been reports of Italian approaches.

Tottenham are said to be monitoring the possibility of making a move while Italian giants Milan have previously been linked.

The 21-year-old La Masia youth graduate made 27 first-team appearances for the club last season after being promoted from their B team.

However, the central midfielder has been frozen out of action for Ernesto Valverde’s team this summer and has not featured since the opening day of the season - a 1-0 loss at Athletic Club Bilbao.

Alena played the first half of that match before being substituted off and has not featured since, with the club well stocked with central midfielders.

Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal and Artur Melo are the first-choice central midfielders at the club, with Ivan Rakitic also not featuring this season with academy product Riqui Puig also said to be favoured among the Blaugrana staff.

Football Italia website