According to Fabrizio Romano, Alex Collado is close to a loan move to Elche until the summer of 2023. Collado asked Xavi Hernández to leave Barcelona 10 days ago he wants first-team football, and that he is unlikely to get any playing time at the Camp Nou.
Collado’s agent, Marc Sanllehy, is currently in his Barcelona office to discuss the final details of the loan. The 23-year-old has spent all of his senior career at Barcelona, except for the second half of last season when he moved to Granada and was loaned out to Andalusia. He made 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and one assist for the club.
Corrado has only played two games for Barcelona’s first team, but the Catalan still has ambitions of eventually making it to the Camp Nou. At Elche he will find an interesting challenge, they finished 13th in La Liga last season but will enter the 2022-23 season, with avoiding relegation as a top priority.
Collado doesn’t seem to be the only player who is departing from Barcelona
Collado’s departure is expected to be part of a busy week of transfer activity for Barcelona ahead of the first game of the new season against Rayo Vallecano.
Nico Gonzalez is also expected to leave and join Valencia, with Barca wanting Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite. The Catalan has not yet registered a signature. This means that newcomers need to make more money to debut against Rayo.
Barca is expected to revitalize another financial move, but players could be forced to take further pay cuts, with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique likely to lead the way.
Memphis Depay, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Frenkie de Jong’s futures continue to spark speculation, with all three players gaining interest.