BARCELONA legend Andres Iniesta will announce this week that he is set to quit the club.
Having represented the Catalan aspect for almost a long time, Iniesta is reportedly set for a stint within the Chinese Super League.
The 33-yr-old has played a wonderful 669 times for Barca and is an icon at the Nou Camp.
But once he officially declares his choice, thoughts will swiftly turn to his substitute.
A technically gifted, tactically aware, all-round genius, Iniesta could be nigh-on not possible to replicate.
The club could be looking at spending masses of hundreds of thousands to replace him but happily they may not ought to.
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi believes there could already be a prepared-made Iniesta alternative ready within the wings.
Similar to Iniesta, Carles Alena joined the well-known La Masia academy on the age of simply 8.
The critical midfielder improved via the ranks and made 69 appearances for Barcelona B, scoring 14 goals.
Alena made his La Liga debut on a year in the past, approaching as a 2nd-1/2 alternative for Ivan Rakitic in a four–1 away rout of Granada.
Last summer season the 20-year-old signed a 3-12 months expert cope with Barcelona, inclusive of a release clause of £65m.
Manager Ernesto Valverde has already stated that as of subsequent season, Alena might be a primary team player to all intents and purposes.
According to Don Balon, Messi is believed to be specially excited by the chance who has 13 Spain U19 caps to his call.