Manchester Trio Targeted By Barcelona As Spanish Giants Seek Defensive Reinforcements

Manchester Trio Targeted By Barcelona As Spanish Giants Seek Defensive Reinforcements

Manchester City pair Alex Greenwood and Laia Aleixandri, along with Manchester United’s Maya Le Tissier, are among Barcelona’s list of targets for the January transfer window, according to Sport.

The Catalan publication claims that the three players are being looked at by Barca as they consider reinforcements in the centre of defence.

However, the Liga F champions may find it difficult to generate the funds necessary to buy the trio due to their current financial situation.

Aleixandri is under contract with City until the end of next season, with Le Tissier committed to United for the same length of time. Greenwood, meanwhile, still has two and a half years remaining on her current deal.

Sport report that bids for the trio would be “complicated” as a result because they would command significant transfer fees.

It means that Barcelona may well focus their attention on more “feasible” options instead, which include the likes of Levante’s Maria Mendez, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sophia Kleinherne,  Montpellier’s Maelle Lakrar, Brann’s Marthine Ostenstad and Lyon’s Griedge Mbock.

Greenwood and Aleixandri are involved in a title challenge

Even if Barcelona do come calling, you would think that the two City stars would prefer to stay in Manchester, at least until the end of the season.

Gareth Taylor’s side are just three points behind league leaders Chelsea heading into the winter break, so they are certainly in the mix for the Women’s Super League title.

Le Tissier is very ambitious but will she be tempted to leave Manchester?

Manchester United triggered a release clause to sign Le Tissier from Brighton last year. The defender had an excellent first season with the Red Devils, although she did narrowly miss out on the England squad for the World Cup. Speaking about her plans for the future recently, Le Tissier said:

“(I need to) just keep playing well and doing well for United, doing well when I’m here, and hopefully be a big part of the [England] team in years to come. I think I can look at the players and take a lot from them, and see how I can develop.”

At the moment, Le Tissier seems completely focused on playing for United and the Lionesses, so she may brush aside any interest from Barcelona.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.