Mateu Alemany, the former Director of Football at Barcelona, has been credited with playing a major role in the Catalan club’s recent successes in the transfer market. Alemany was at the forefront of Barcelona’s rebuild, making masterstrokes on both the arrival and departure fronts. He was one of the most central figures at the club for over two years before announcing his departure earlier this month. He is in the news once again due to his recent show of respect to Barcelona.
Alemany has committed to completing Barcelona’s upcoming summer transfer window, but he has already made plans for his next destination. According to reports from SPORT, he has chosen Aston Villa as his next club and has already started preparations for their summer transfer window.
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Despite his departure from Barcelona, Alemany remains a respected figure at the club. Club President Joan Laporta reportedly hoped to speak to him over possible transfer of players. The President wanted either Ferran Torres or Ansu Fati to join the premier league side. However, Alemany has committed to not signing any players from his former employers as a sign of respect.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are planning a massive transfer window in June. They will need to generate sufficient revenue from player sales to pull off the moves they desire. Reports suggest that at least €100 million must flow into the club’s coffers in June. Fati and Torres are two of the most saleable players for Barcelona, given their lack of prominence under Xavi Hernandez. However, the former’s market value has seen a steep drop. While the latter’s sale would only result in a loss for the club, considering what they paid for him.
Alemany’s work at Barcelona amidst the financial crunch has been widely appreciated, and his move to Aston Villa is seen as a significant coup for the club. Villa boss Unai Emery has already turned the club around since his arrival in October, and with Alemany on board, the club will hope to establish themselves as a top-six team in the Premier League next season.