Bayer Leverkusen make approach for Barcelona target Aleix Garcia

Bayer Leverkusen will reportedly compete with Barcelona for 26-year-old Girona midfielder Aleix Garcia in the summer transfer window.

According to reputed Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Aleix Garcia is the subject of interest from Bayer Leverkusen. The newly-crowned Bundesliga champions have submitted an enquiry for the Girona midfielder over a possible move in the summer transfer window. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old is also a target for Barcelona.

The rise and rise of Aleix Garcia at Girona

Aleix Garcia has been one of the best midfielders in La Liga during his ongoing stint with Girona. A native of Ulldecona, the Spaniard began his youth career at CF Ulldecona before graduating from the youth division at Villarreal. However, he struggled for stability in his career at the club level before rejoining Girona from SD Eibar in July 2021.

Since then, the 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the best players in his country. Garcia has been instrumental in Girona’s incredible rise in La Liga, with the Catalan outfit shocking the world by qualifying for the UEFA Champions League despite operating on a modest budget.

Meanwhile, Garcia’s progress has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs across Europe. Widespread reports have heavily linked him with Barcelona for years, with the Blaugrana plotting a summer move for him. However, the Catalan giants face stiff competition from Bayer Leverkusen.

Germany beckons?

The German giants have broken several records in their unprecedented 2023/24 campaign. Bayer Leverkusen recently ended Bayern Munich’s hegemony in the Bundesliga by winning the title without losing a game. They have not faced defeat in any competition and will look to set the record for an unbeaten term across competitions. The next challenge for Bayer Leverkusen is to sustain that level.

So, it is hardly surprising that the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions want a world-class midfielder, with Aleix Garcia emerging as a viable target. And they have already submitted an enquiry for the 26-year-old Girona midfielder. That should put Barcelona in a spot of bother.

While recent reports have claimed that the outgoing La Liga champions are confident of signing the Spaniard, Bayer Leverkusen’s entry into the picture complicates matters. So, it will be interesting to see where Garcia plies his trade next season amid his links with Barcelona and Bayer Leverkusen.

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