Barcelona step up pursuit of Ivan San Jose
Barcelona are set to step up their pursuit of Real Valladolid prodigy 17-year-old Ivan San Jose, who is also being courted by a number of other clubs.
According to a report from Sport, Barcelona are keeping a close watch on Real Valladolid midfielder Ivan San Jose with a view to making a move for the 17-year-old in the summer transfer window.
San Jose, also known as ‘Chuky’, has risen through the youth ranks at Real Valladolid and caused a sensation in Spanish youth football scenes for the past two years. The 17-year-old, a central midfielder by trade, made waves by scoring 21 goals for the Valladolid cadets last season before earning a promotion to the Juvenil B squad at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
In no time San Jose was pushed back Maid Juvenil A, who plays in the honor division and the teenage midfielder took advantage of his opportunity, establishing himself as one of the top prospects in the division.
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– Juvenil División de Honor (@JuvenilDH) May 15, 2021
The report says the highly rated prospect is known for his intelligent movement between the lines and his ability to find the back of the net. The 17-year-old recently found the back of the net against Atletico Madrid’s Juvenil side, delaying his title triumph.
The development of San Jose has put it firmly on the radars of the Barcelona giants. The Catalans, due to their financial difficulties, are looking for young players to strengthen their ranks, having tasted success with the acquisition of Pedri de Las Palmas while the Blaugrana have also seen players like Ilaix Moriba, Oscar Mingueza become roles in the first team during the current season.
This has seen Barcelona bond with a number of young prospects in recent times, with Valencia’s Fabio Blanco seemingly high on their wishlist as they have also shown interest in signing the Under-17 captain of the Borussia Dortmund, Vasco Walz.
Now San Jose has become a target, with the Catalans hoping to seal the deal for the midfielder prodigy as soon as possible, given that a number of other clubs are stalking him as well. Now it remains to be seen whether Barcelona are able to secure San Jose or are beaten by a different team.