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Barcelona star responds to Liverpool transfer question as he is left off 'list'

Alejandro Balde is being linked to Liverpool.
-Credit: (Image: 2024 Mateo Villalba)


The Internet has made access to football players easier than it's ever been, for good and bad. The invention of social media now means anyone can pose a question to a player on their account — though they may or may not answer.

This is what happened recently with Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde. He has been linked with a move to Liverpool recently, and this speculation has resulted in fans asking him about a move to Merseyside this summer.

Interacting on social media (via The Kop Times), a Liverpool fan asked the 20-year-old to 'come to Liverpool in summer'. And perhaps surprisingly, Balde responded.

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He was left unimpressed by the idea of walking away from the Nou Camp. "And leaving Barcelona in summer? No man," followed by a laughing emoji. Balde is a product of Barcelona's youth academy, and broke into the first team in 2021/22 under then-coach Xavi.

It was in 2022/23 that Balde had his real breakthrough season, making 33 appearances in La Liga, and 44 in all competitions. He was then linked with a move to Man City last summer, but ultimately nothing came of it as he remained in Spain.

The 2023/24 season, however, saw Balde fight injury, and this limited his chances. He played just 18 times in La Liga, yet his impressive form means he's still being linked with a host of teams around Europe. The player was linked with a move to Liverpool as far back as 2019 (via Sport Witness), but it never materialized.

Barcelona's financial situation is still in a very fragile condition, and the club will have to offload players this summer in order to balance the books and make new signings, as it seemingly has to do every summer now. As a result, Balde could plausibly be sacrificed in order to bring in some much-needed cash — although he doesn't seem to be in any rush to leave.

His contract doesn't expire until the summer of 2028, having signed an extension last September with a $1bn (£852m/€1bn) release clause inserted, but a report from 90 Min suggests that Barcelona doesn't consider Balde unsellable. The likes of Pedri, Gavi, Lamine Yamal, Pau Cubarsi and Fermin Lopez are all believed to be non-transferable by Barcelona despite its financial situation, yet Balde is conspicuous by his absence from the list.

Liverpool presently has two senior left-backs at the club. But with Andy Robertson now 30 and Kostas Tsimikas struggling last season, the club could opt to bring in a fresh face in the position this summer.

Liverpool.com says: Liverpool has no great need to buy a left-back this summer, but that's not to say a deal couldn't happen should an opportunity present itself. Balde is clearly valued by Barcelona, but its dire financial state means no player is off the table if the right offer comes along.