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BARÇA OR THE PREMIER LEAGUE? – The Brazilian causing a La Liga storm

Guilherme Siqueira is currently one of the hottest properties in Spanish football and has been linked with a host of clubs, including Barcelona and several Premier League outfits.

Many may be unfamiliar with the Brazilian full-back’s name but his performances for Granada so far this season, have already caught the attention and led to a string of rave reviews.

Signed by Internazionale as a promising 18-year-old, Siqueira failed to make a first team appearance, and spent time on loan at Lazio before eventually moving on a permanent deal to Udinese in 2006.

Sporadic appearances were mostly from the bench, before he was loaned out to Ancona, where he enjoyed regular first team football for the first time in Italy, during the 2008-2009 season.

For the start of the 2009-2010 season and as part of the Udinese relationship with Granada CF, he moved to the Spanish side on loan, along with several other players from the Italian club.

Virtually an ever present in the Granada side that would gain promotion to La Liga, his future was in doubt with the expiry of his contract at Udinese and interested parties throughout Spain and the continent. As a free agent though, in the summer he decided to pledge his future with Granada CF, signing a four year deal.

Whilst Granada’s start to the season was slow, with much squad rotation and tactical juggling by manager Fabri, again Siqueira has been first choice in every game he’s been fit to play.

He’s comfortably taken the step up from Segunda to Primera in his stride, with consistently high quality performances. So impressively has he performed, that in recent weeks strong rumours have emerged that he’s on a “shopping list” of players being closely monitored by Catalan giants Barcelona.

Aside from this interest, as he also holds an Italian passport, there’s also reported interest from major clubs elsewhere in Europe, including the English Premier League.

He’s got genuine quality, style and flair, plus he loves getting forward from the left-back position he’s made his own for Granada. He’s actually comfortable playing anywhere down the left side, though appears to be most lethal attacking on the overlap. Defensively he reads the game well and is both positionally and physically strong.

Most fans at Granada CF would agree that he’s been one of the outstanding performers for them this season and they’ll desperately hope he stays. If a big club does make a solid enquiry though, the very least fans hope is that the club would receive a bumper transfer fee, from a player who’s proving to be a fantastic investment.

Still only 25, he’s still arguably got his best years ahead of him. Whilst it’s doubtful he’ll push his way into the Brazilian national team whilst at Granada, a big move might push him into consideration.

Alternatively, he could choose to play for Italy if the call came, whilst there’s also suggestions he may take Spanish citizenship at the end of the season, making himself available to compete with Jordi Alba and the often overlooked Jose Enrique.

Whether he receives an international call from any of those three nations is another matter, but the strong interest he’s getting from big clubs this season, is a further evidence of a player who’s become a star performer in La Liga and one with a great future ahead of him.

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