It has been quite the eventful deadline day at Barcelona, what with Luuk de Jong signing, Antoine Griezmann securing a shock return to Atletico Madrid, Rey Manaj also leaving, along with Ilaix Moriba.
Another Barca player who was thought to have left the club on deadline day, Alex Collado, however, will be staying put in Catalonia reports Fabrizio Romano.
The 22-year-old versatile attacking midfielder was on the verge of completing a loan switch to EFL Championship outfit Sheffield United on deadline day. However, as per Romano, a deal has now collapsed and Collado will remain with Barcelona, at least until the January transfer window.
A product of the club’s academy, Collado had been tipped for a bright future, especially after his impressive season with Barca’s B team last season, when he was also the captain. However, while he was intent on making it at the first-team level, the youngster found no favour under manager Ronald Koeman.
Having barely received an opportunity during pre-season, Collado looked set to move to Belgian outfit Club Brugge on loan when he was sent back from Barcelona’s pre-season training camp in Germany. But the move fell through due to disagreements between the two clubs.
Collado had offers from clubs in Spain and Europe, but he wanted to move to a team that would offer European football. So, it did come as a surprise when he agreed to move to Sheffield United, who were relegated from the Premier League last season and are in the second division of English football.
However, as per the latest development, Collado will not be joining the Blades and will instead be staying put at Barcelona. But, it remains unlikely that he might receive meaningful game-time under Koeman, more so with the Blaugrana also registering Yusuf Demir as a first-team player.
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