Alex Collado: Sheffield United will face competition from around Europe if they reignite interest in Barcelona starlet

Sheffield United will face competition from a number of European clubs if they are to reignite their interest in Barcelona winger Alex Collado when the January transfer window reopens for business.

By Danny Hall
Wednesday, 20th October 2021, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st October 2021, 7:04 am

The youngster was close to agreeing a switch to Bramall Lane on in the last window, before the deal broke down when his representatives moved the goalposts on deadline day.

A Blades source told The Star that Collado’s representatives made “unrealistic demands” of the Blades to get the deal done, leaving Slavisa Jokanović disappointed in his bid to sign some wingers and reprofile his Blades squad.

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United left the door open for another move for Collado in January, albeit privately acknowledging his representatives’ conduct and the fact that their situation may have changed by the time the window reopens, and the youngster was not registered with La Liga, meaning he is unable to feature for Barcelona.

If the Blades do revisit their previous interest, they will likely face competition from a number of clubs for the 22-year-old – reportedly including FC Andorra, who are 90 per cent owned by his Barcelona teammate Gerard Piqué.

Reports in Spain suggest that Real Betis and Almería have also expressed an interest in taking Collado on loan, while Parma and FC Copenhagen have also been linked. Collado is thought to favour a loan move without an option to buy, as he looks to establish himself at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alex Collado has been reduced to a training brief at Barca after his loan move to Sheffield United fell through (LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

Collado is under contract at Barca until the summer of 2023, but is out of favour under boss Ronald Koeman. “Collado knows his situation perfectly,” he said earlier this year. “He has to find something to play with.”