Man Utd named as only other club Barcelona sensation with £430m release clause would play for

Impressive Barcelona starlet Alejandro Balde has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for other than the LaLiga giants.

The 19-year-old left-back has started 12 of 14 of Barca’s league games this season to establish himself ahead of the more experienced Jordi Alba in Xavi’s first-choice XI.

Balde has also chipped in with three assists. Meanwhile, his form also saw him named in the Spain squad for the World Cup.

He actually replaced his club teammate in Spain’s opening 7-0 win over Costa Rica in Qatar.

And despite the fact that he looks like a mainstay of the Barcelona defence for years to come, Balde admits he also has a soft spot for the Red Devils.

In a quick-fire Q&A with Mundo Deportivo on TikTok, Balde was asked, ‘A club other than Barcelona?’, replying, ‘United’.

Balde’s current contract with Barcelona expires in 2024, with number of clubs checking on his progress.

And while his comment does not necessarily mean he would only move to Old Trafford, it certainly gives United food for thought.

Recent reports in Spain claim the player’s agent Jorge Mendes has already begun talks with Barcelona over an improved contract.

Indeed, it’s hoped that a deal can be reached early in the new year. Although, Balde’s current release clause of €500million (£430m) shows just how much Barca love and rate the player.

Xavi marvels over Balde quality

Xavi has already hailed the youngster’s impact this season. And he is shocked at the level of his performances, given his age.

“I am happy for him,” Xavi said in August.

“He has great quality and character. It never ceases to amaze me that an 18-year-old can play at that level.

“Physically he is amazing and he is going to give us a lot. We have three left-backs at an extraordinary level, with Jordi and Marcos (Alonso) as well.”

As for United’s current resources at left-back, Luke Shaw has usurped Tyrell Malacia in the position after the Dutchman got the nod at the start of the campaign.

The Red Devils also have Alvaro Hernandez on their books, with the Spanish youngster very highly thought of.

So while a move for Balde does appear a little fanciful at this stage, United at least know they are in decent shape for the future – as things stand.

Erik ten Hag’s men are not back in action until December 21 when they host Burnley in the Carabao Cup.

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