Albert Roge of popular Barcelona newspaper Diario Sport has claimed that Celtic-linked Alex Collado has decided to stay with Barcelona for the foreseeable future.
A host of clubs were linked with moves for him in last week’s Scottish Daily Mail (print edition, 23/09, back page). The Mail reported that Celtic were battling against clubs from Germany, Spain, and Italy to land the talented winger on a season-long loan deal.
However, as he continues to recover from a metatarsal injury, it appears that Collado has already made his decision according to Roge. The journalist has stated that the player wants to remain at Barcelona and earn the trust of new manager Ronald Koeman.
⚠️🔵🔴 Álex Collado quiere quedarse en el Barça. Tiene propuestas de Girona y Primera. El canterano prefiere acumular minutos en el Barça B con Pimienta y ganarse la confianza de Koeman.
— Albert Rogé (@albert_roge) September 28, 2020
Collado has already made two appearances for the Catalans against Celta Vigo and Valencia respectively. However, he mostly spends his time plying his trade with Barcelona “B”, where he’s made 18 direct goal contributions in 61 games (Transfermarkt).
The youngster’s current contract is up in 2021. However, Barcelona have the option of extending that by a further two years should they wish to do so (Transfermarkt).
We move on
It’s a shame that Collado isn’t interested in potentially spending a year elsewhere. Then again, Celtic have bigger priorities such as the left wing-back position.
Collado does have experience as a left-winger despite primary playing on the right side for Barcelona “B”. However, given Celtic play in a 3-5-2 most weeks, he’s currently untested in that system.
If he had signed on at Parkhead, Collado would’ve been another player we would’ve simply been hoping could adapt to the position. And that’s even if Neil Lennon decided that he wanted him to play on the left as opposed to the right.
Celtic can’t really be dallying too much given we’re now into the final five days of the transfer window. If Collado doesn’t see his short-term future in Glasgow then we simply have to move on swiftly.
It’s going to be a week where plenty of Celtic’s reported targets get crossed off the list or move a step closer to joining. But considering the importance of getting competition in for Greg Taylor, the Hoops have to make the right move too.
Given the fact that sources close to home are saying that Collado won’t be going anywhere, it looks as though we can put this one to bed.