Barcelona 3-man Shortlist To Replace Experienced Defender.

Jordi Alba

According to El Nacional, the Catalans are said to be scouting replacement for Alba. The left back could be one of the players to fall down the pecking order as new Barcelona boss Xavi looks to shake up a struggling team.

SL Benfica full-back, Grimaldo is one of the most touted options to replace Alba at the Nou Camp. The 26 years old graduated from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy after arriving from Valencia’s youth team.

The Spaniard has made 224 appearances for the Portuguese giants, scoring 16 goals and registering 45 assists. Grimaldo, however, is yet to represent his national side.


Barcelona have also been consistently been linked with Valencia’s Jose Gaya for some time now. The Catalans were reportedly considering the purchase of the Spaniard in recent transfer windows but were put off by Los Murcielagos’ asking price.

Gaya, who has been with Valencia since his youth days, has made 272 appearances for the first team, scoring eight goals and registering 32 assists. The 26 years old has also made 17 appearances for Spain, recording three goals and four assists.

Jose Gaya

Finally, Ramy Bensebaini has risen to prominence in recent times. Bensebaini has made 68 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach, scoring 14 times and recording six assists.

Ramy Bensebaini

The 26 years old also has made 41 appearances for Algeria, in which he has scored five goals and provided three assists. Bensebaini is talented but is unlikely to be Barcelona’s top priority if Grimaldo and Gaya are available.

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