Transfer guru could complete dramatic return after Aston Villa pursuit

Mateu Alemany, the man who might've joined Aston Villa last summer from Barcelona before being leaving the Catalan club, could make a remarkable return to the Camp Nou this summer, it has been claimed. Villa, on the look-out for a new sporting director, attempted to prise Alemany away from Barca, but he declined - and they instead lured Monchi to Villa Park.

Alemany oversaw a recruitment drive which included the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde in 2022, and Barca under Xavi consequently won the league in impressive fashion. Alemany had his suitors, Villa included, but he initially stayed put - before leaving of his own accord anyway.

“I’m very clear my place is at Barca, the best club in the world," he said at the time. "I’m totally committed to helping this project, which has taken a very important step."

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Incidentally, Barca president Joan Laporta, who replaced Alemany last summer with former midfielder and Portugal international Deco, reportedly wants to find a way in which the pair work together on the recruitment front, after a season in which they surrendered their title to age old rivals Real Madrid.

Barca could return to the 1:1 rule this summer after a period of time in which they've had to raise cash as a matter of urgency. The 1:1 rule would mean that they could spend every euro that they earn. For that, Barca are keen to return to the man who has helped them greatly previously and whose expertise could prove valuable as they look to claw back the La Liga title

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