Barcelona are enjoying a fine start to the season, currently ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid by 8 points but manager Ernesto Valverde is not very happy with the squad at his disposal. Valverde is eager to add fresh faces to the squad by offloading the deadwood.
According to Spanish outlet GOL digital and reported by The Daily Star, Barcelona are planning a shock move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, who earns £65,000-a-week. The report adds Valverde has been frustrated with left-back Jordi Alba and could offer him in exchange to get the Tottenham player.
The 27-year-old Rose’s time at North London could soon come to an end and he is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United. United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to buy a new left-back, with Luke Shaw struggling to find a way into the first-team plans after gaining full fitness, and Matteo Darmian being deemed surplus to requirements. The United manager has used Ashley Young as a makeshift left-back and looks eager to go for Rose – either in January or next summer.
However, Rose’s position at Tottenham has become less certain since the summer. His fiery interview with The Sun in which he questioned the club’s wage structure and admitted that he’d consider a move away is known to have irked the Tottenham hierarchy and also fans like us.
Although Pochettino has time and again insisted he has no problem with the defender, Spurs may be willing to listen to offers for Rose in January or next summer.
Rose’s current situation has allowed Barcelona to take the advantage as they have entered the race with United to sign the left full-back.
Apparently, Valverde is fed up with Alba who also had a problem with former manager Luis Enrique. Enrique left the Spain international out of the starting XI late last season.
The report adds that Alba could now be offered to Spurs in exchange for Rose, provided Mauricio Pochettino is fine with the transfer.
Honestly, Rose has had a good time with us but sadly, by the looks of it, he has set his heart to leave the club. Will Barcelona suit him? A big no. Will he suit Mourinho’s United? Without a shadow of doubt, yes!