Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Ignasi Miquel, Julio Pleguezuelo, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin, what do all of them have in common? There were all snapped up from Barcelona’s highly rated academy La Masia. And now there are reports Arsene Wenger and sent his top scout Steve Rowley to have a look at another graduate from the La Masia, Alex Grimaldo.
The 18 year old left back plays for Barcelona’s B side and at the moment is one their best prospects. As Jordi Alba is Barcelona’s 1st choice left back, Grimaldo will be looking to play in the 1st team soon and might want to move. He is 5 foot 7 and can also play in the centre of defence if there is a need to. He holds the record of the youngest player to start in the Segunda Division, at 15 years and 349 days. He has been a regular starter for the Barcelona B team and has also played for the Under-21 Spanish National side.
He had suffered a torn Anterior Crucial Ligament and lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in the spring of 2013. As a result of that his playing time in the 2013-2014 season was limited. He has caught the eye of many scouts in Europe as he is one of the best young full back in the continent.
To have played for the renowned Barca B team at just the age of 15 shows his talent. Although he is very unlikely to play in Arsenal’s first team in the next 2 years, if he turns out well, we would reap the benefit. Fabregas was also virtually unknown before we signed him. He could be another Ashley Cole (not the money part) and he could well be another Gael Clichy (flop).
Should he join Arsenal, he will be joining ex La Masia products at Arsenal that includes Julio Pleguezuelo, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin.