Spanish prospect Alex Collado reportedly wants to leave Barcelona on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, Alex Collado is looking to depart from Camp Nou on another season-long loan spell in the summer transfer window. The Spanish prospect spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign at Granada before returning to Catalonia in July.
Alex Collado spent his formative years with three Spanish clubs before graduating from Barcelona’s famed academy La Masia in 2018. The 23-year-old has been with the Blaugrana since joining them as an 11-year-old in 2010 and was one of the most promising young prospects in Spain during his teenage years while captaining the Catalan club’s reserve team.
Collado made his first-team debut for Barcelona in May 2019 but has managed only one more appearance for the Blaugrana since then. While the young attacker has always been a top-notch performer for Barcelona B, first-team opportunities have come few and far between.
But a loan spell at Granada in the second half of the 2021/22 season did Collado a world of good as he turned out 23 times for the Nazaries while finding the back of the net twice. The Spaniard is now back at FC Barcelona but does not seem to have much of a future at Camp Nou, with Xavi Hernandez having a stacked squad at his disposal.
Recent reports have claimed that Collado wants to leave Barcelona, perhaps permanently. But according to Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish prospect only wants to depart from Camp Nou on another season-long loan deal to continue his progress. However, Collado might be better off leaving Barcelona permanently.
With Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, and Ferran Torres at Xavi Hernandez’s disposal, and with Bernardo Silva a top target for Barcelona, Collado will not get the opportunities to flourish at the Catalan club. However, it is unclear if a club wants to secure his services on a permanent deal this summer.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will also look to offload a few other players from the first-team squad, with Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite not in Xavi’s plans. In addition, Pablo Torres, Ez Abde, and Alejandro Balde might also depart from Camp Nou this summer to continue their progress.