Spanish newspaper SPORT claims Celta Vigo left-back Javi Galan will join Barcelona this summer despite being linked with a move to Leeds United, if Barca can agree a deal. A potential player-plus-cash deal is on the cards.
Galan, 27, has been in sparkling form for Celta this season having joined the La Liga outfit from Huesca last summer – a summer in which he was also linked with Leeds. Some reports claimed he had packed his suitcase.
Since then, he has joined Celta and started all but one of their 33 league games, helping them achieve mid-table obscurity in 12th place. Another summer of speculation is set to approach, with Barcelona interested.
Leeds also. Reports claimed earlier this month that Leeds were looking at revisiting their interest in Galan – with Junior Firpo struggling to prove why Andrea Radrizzani spent £13million to bring him in from Barcelona.
But it looks as if Galan is to remain in Spain and join Barcelona – if the Nou Camp outfit can arrange a deal that is to Celta’s liking. He is rated at £9million, but Barca could look for a swap – involving Riqui Puig or others.
Barcelona or Leeds: Which club is best for Galan at this stage?
The best way of determining this is to discuss Spain skipper Jordi Alba’s future. There has been criticism of the 33-year-old left-back, but he is still one of Barcelona’s most-consistent players. He has a contract until 2024.
The chances are that Alba will remain first choice even with Galan on the books. At 27, Galan is no spring chicken. At this stage in his career, he needs to be playing regular football – as he is at Celta Vigo.
A move to Leeds would see him overtake Firpo, and Stuart Dallas, on the left side of the defence. But the lure of Barcelona is mighty, especially for someone of Spain nationality, and it might just tempt Galan too much.