Tottenham target Carles Alena is ‘all but certain to leave Barcelona on loan in January’ with midfielder desperate for more first-team minutes
Barcelona will allow Carles Alena to leave the club on loan in January, according to reports.
The Spaniard has been restricted to just 45 minutes under Ernesto Valverde this term, playing just once against Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the season.
Alena is desperate to get more first-team action under his belt and the Catalan giants recognise a loan move may be the best option for all parties, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona will reportedly allow Carles Alena to leave on loan in January transfer window
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a keen admirer of the 21-year-old and news of his availability in two months time might be too good to pass up on.
Pochettino is preparing for life after Christian Eriksen, who is expected to leave at the end of the season after failing to secure a summer move to Real Madrid or Manchester United.
The midfielder’s contract expires next summer and Pochettino has begun to draw up a shortlist of potential replacements.
The midfielder is growing tired at lack of opportunities, having only played once this season
Pochettino, who identified Alena as a possible replacement for Eriksen in the summer, has revived his interest in him at an opportune time with the midfielder growing tired at his lack of first-team chances.
Alena has been at the club for 14 years and wanted to be part of Valverde’s first-team plans this season, but has instead found himself playing second fiddle to summer signing Frenkie de Jong.
Reports claim that both Tottenham and Real Betis will continue to monitor his situation and are considering making a move for him when the window opens in January.
Pochettino (L) has identified Alena as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen (centre)
However, Pochettino recently refused to say whether the club would delve into the January transfer market to solve any of their problems.
‘I am clear with you. I don’t say yes or no,’ he said after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Watford. ‘I don’t say we are going to sign or not sign, sell or not sell.
‘It is not the moment to talk, when the time arrives we are going to take that decision in one way or another.
‘Now is the time to stay all together, all of the squad, with the staff and the fans and try and change the atmosphere.’