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Barcelona teenager’s renewal imminent, contract until 2027 with €500m release clause

Having secured the long-term futures of talented youngsters like Pedri, Gavi, Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo over the past year, Barcelona are intent on tying down other exciting prospects to new deals at the earliest possible.

To that end, goalkeeper Inaki Pena is set to be handed a three-year deal to keep him at the club until 2026.

And, according to SPORT, Barcelona’s breakout star of the 2022/23 season, Alejandro Balde is also set to be renewed imminently. The teenage left-back will be handed a contract that will run until the summer of 2027, with a €500 million release clause embedded in it.

Balde had made his first-team debut for the Catalans last year itself under former manager Ronald Koeman. However, it is in the ongoing campaign that the 19-year-old left-back has gained prominence.

Indeed, after making an impression on manager Xavi Hernandez during the pre-season, Balde dislodged Jordi Alba to become Barcelona’s first-choice left-back. In 16 appearances across all competitions, he has registered three assists.

Furthermore, Balde also broke into the Spain national team, making his debut for La Roja at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar no less.

Given his meteoric rise in a short time, Barça are keen to renew him at the earliest possible given that his current contract expires in 2024.

Talks with Balde’s agent, Jorge Mendes, have been going on for a while and as per the report, a contract renewal for the teenage defender is now imminent. There is an agreement in principle over a new deal that will run until 2027 and have a €500 million release clause.

Balde will also receive improved wages on a scale similar to those of Araujo and Gavi and a step below Pedri and Fati.

However, an official announcement will be made only when the Blaugrana have enough room on their wage bill to register the new contract with La Liga. Until that can be done, the 19-year-old will have to continue playing with the subsidiary squad number.

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