Ona Batlle Leaves Manchester United for European Champions Barcelona
In a surprise move, Manchester United’s star right-back, Ona Batlle, will be leaving the club this summer as she joins reigning European champions Barcelona on a free transfer. The 24-year-old Spain international has been an integral part of United since her arrival from Levante in 2020 and played in 77 games.
This news comes just after England striker Alessia Russo’s announcement that she would be leaving the team at the end of this season. While it is no secret that Manchester United had been struggling to tie down their best players with contracts nearing expiry like Russo and now Batlle, the latter’s departure is undoubtedly going to have a more significant impact on the team.
Batlle – A World-Class Talent
Widely regarded as one of the best right-backs globally, Ona Batlle has proven her quality during her time with Manchester United. Her departure could not come at a worse time for the club as they need to find replacements for both Russo and Batlle quickly before most of the world’s top talents fly off to participate in next month’s Women’s World Cup.
The lure of soccer back home was too much for Ona Batlle despite achieving their highest points tally ever during this season’s Women Super League campaign and securing qualification for next year’s UEFA Champions League competition. For many fans who have followed her career closely over recent years, it was only a matter of time until she returned home or joined another big-name football outfit.
The Impact on Lucy Bronze?
Ona Batlle’s move to Barcelona could have a significant impact on England international Lucy Bronze, who joined the Spanish club last summer as their starting right-back. With Batlle now in the picture, it remains unclear how this will affect her position within the team.
The Manchester United football club released an official statement thanking Ona for her contributions and wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.
In conclusion, while this transfer is a major blow to Manchester United’s women’s team and its fans worldwide, they must act quickly to find replacements for both Russo and Batlle before next season as they aim to continue their progress at home and abroad.