AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing 22-year-old forward Alex Collado, who is in a limbo at Barcelona after not securing a summer exit.

According to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Alex Collado is the subject of interest from AC Milan over a potential move in the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old is currently without a team after failing to secure a summer departure from Camp Nou and not being registered for either the first-team or Barcelona B.

Alex Collado joined Barcelona from Espanyol in 2009 and made significant progress within the famed youth setup at the Catalan club. The Spanish forward was handed his first-team debut in a La Liga game against Celta Vigo in 2019.

However, over the last two years, Collado has been unable to establish a foothold in the first-team setup, managing just one further appearance for them. For the most part, the 22-year-old has been an excellent performer for Barcelona B, even being promoted to the role of the captain of the side.

However, since the summer transfer window, Collado has been without a team, having not been registered with either the first-team squad or Barcelona B. There was a feeling that he was going to join Sheffield United in a deadline day move before the transfer collapsed in the eleventh hour.

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Sheffield United have since retained their interest in the player, who has been left in a limbo for the first half of the 2021/22 season. In addition to the Blades, AC Milan are also interested in snapping up the 22-year-old from Barcelona, with bolstering their attack being a priority for the winter.

A move to Milan could well appeal to the 22-year-old forward considering the Rossoneri are now back in the UEFA Champions League and once again appearing to be top four contenders at the very least in Serie A. In comparison, Sheffield United are in the Championship and not exactly in a solid position yet to mount a return to the Premier League.

As for Collado, any move away from Barcelona in the January transfer window ought to serve him well and he will at least be securing some game-time instead of just training week in week out. What remains to be seen, though, is whether AC Milan firm up their interest in the Spanish forward or if he ends up belatedly joining Sheffield United instead.

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