Big blow for Barcelona as Andres Iniesta replacement unlikely to move

Barcelona had supposedly identified the departing captain’s replacement in this Spanish talent, but he now seems to stay put at current suitors

Even before Barcelona could plot a move, they’ve hit a potential roadblock. Reports state that Lazio’s Luis Alberto, who was thought to replace the China-bound Andres Iniesta, is believed to veto the move. The Spaniard sees his future with the Serie A outfit and despite the lucrative offer, is likely to stay put in Rome.

The Catalans were targeting a €40 million move for the midfielder, but the plans appear to cascade down the drain. In a recent interview, the 25-year old promulgated his thoughts about his future and doesn’t sound well for Barcelona. He said, “It is important for me that my family is well here in Rome and we find ourselves well. If unforeseeable things do not happen, my idea is to stay here for at least another season.

Alberto is one of the driving factors behind getting Lazio in contention for a first-ever Champions League spot. His tally of 11 goals and 18 assists is a testament to his fine run of form this season. But in actuality, he’s been performing consistently for his side and a move to certain top shouts of Europe always looked to be on the cards.

Barcelona then appeared to be his next destination. But for all the hoopla of being the ‘chosen one’ to replace the legendary midfielder, Alberto seems unimpressed. Or at least for now. However, he did throw up a prospect of relocating when he said, “Now we come to the summer and then we will talk about it, but the club decides what is best for everyone.

The 25-year-old still has four years left on his contract with Lazio, but that wouldn’t deter Barcelona from emerging to the fore again if a move doesn’t transpire this summer.

Author’s Take

Luis Alberto is a player reborn at Lazio and would be a great addition. But such compact is the Blaugrana roster at the moment, that roping another midfielder might prove counterproductive. In fact, Philippe Coutinho was signed keeping the post-Iniesta days in mind. There isn’t any need to court another player in that role.

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