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Barcelona To Rival Real Betis For This La Liga Left-Back: What Will He Bring To The Nou Camp?

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In a recent report, Fichajes revealed that Barcelona are set to rival Real Betis for Celta Vigo left-back Javi Galan. It is believed that the Catalan outfit have identified the Spanish talent as a potential target for the summer transfer window.

Galan’s Impressive Form At The Estadio de Balaídos

Galan is having a decent season in Spanish football after putting in a few impressive displays on the left side of Celta Vigo’s defence. The 27-year-old has picked up three assists in 33 matches for the Spanish club this season on all fronts.

The Badajoz-born talent has been a consistent performer down the left flank as he is averaging 3.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.0 clearances, 0.5 shots, 0.6 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution as he has made 81.7% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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BILBAO, SPAIN – APRIL 17: Javi Galan of Celta Vigo is challenged by Alex Petxarroman of Athletic Bilbao during the LaLiga Santander match between Athletic Club and RC Celta de Vigo at San Mames Stadium on April 17, 2022 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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What Will Galan Bring To Barcelona?

Galan has proven his worth as a solid defender at the back and can make some decent runs with the ball down the left flank. He has also got the vision to engineer a few clear-cut chances for his teammates on the attacking end of the pitch.

The Spanish talent can use his quickness to get to the byline and is a decent crosser of the ball. He is primarily a left-back but can also play in an advanced role as a left-sided winger if needed. Hence, it makes sense for Barcelona to orchestrate a move to lure Galan to the Nou Camp this summer.

We can expect him to bring a lot of quality to Xavi‘s defence. Furthermore, Galan could serve as an ideal long-term successor to Jordi Alba who is entering the twilight years of his playing career.

At 27, the Spanish talent is playing in his prime at the moment. Galan has also got what it takes to help the Catalan giants compete for major trophies over the next few years. Thus, he will be a great fit for Barca to pursue during the summer transfer period.

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