Memphis Depay is reportedly closing in on a move to Atletico Madrid, effectively ending his short spell at Barcelona which was nothing close to a disappointment.
However, despite his lack of prominence in the first team, Depay’s exit is sure to cause a void in the attacking unit. It may eventually force the club to enter the market for a replacement, with the Catalans already being linked with a move for Yannick Carrasco.
But according to Albert Roge, Barcelona do have a ‘plan B’ in case they fail to secure a proper replacement for Depay in January. It appears they are planning to promote one of their youth players to the first team, in the form of Angel Alarcon.
Formerly of Espanyol youth academy, Alarcon currently plies his trade for the Barça U19 squad. He has been a part of the Catalan youth setup since 2018 when he was about 14.
Alarcon has since gone through rapid development at La Masia and is considered one of the most talented players in the academy. He notably raised many eyebrows with his performances in the UEFA Youth League this season, racking up three goals and three assists in six matches.
Although the 18-year-old has not been promoted to the Barça Atletic squad just yet, his impressive displays at the youth level appear to have convinced the Barça coaching staff, who are prepared to make him a part of the first team during the remainder of the campaign.
In fact, the teenager has already been called up to the squad for the upcoming Copa del Rey clash against AD Ceuta.
However, Alarcon’s chances of promotion will be heavily dependent on Barcelona’s fortunes in the transfer market this month. They are actively looking for a replacement and it will be interesting to see how things unfold over the coming weeks.