Xavi Hernandez has revamped a large part of the squad that he inherited from Ronald Koeman. Many thought that the Spanish legend was brought to Barcelona to revert back to the focus on academy products and start a process like Pep Guardiola did back in 2008.
However, much to the surprise of everyone, Xavi Hernandez has been bringing in a lot of players from the transfer market. The acquisitions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen by Barcelona shows that the club is looking for immediate success and not long term project.
However, one of the concerns for Xavi Hernandez still lies in the right back position. The Spaniard does not trust Sergino Dest and has often employed Ronald Araujo or Oscar Mingueza in that position. But Oscar Mingueza has been sold this summer and Barcelona is looking to sign a new right back.
Thomas Meunier has been identified as an appropriate candidate for the position. Barcelona tried to sign the Belgian international in January as well. However, their advances were rejected by Borussia Dortmund. But it seems that the German side can be interested to sell the player this summer.
Barcelona is not willing to spend big for the right back
Barcelona is not willing to shell out a large sum to fill the gap at right back. The club is clear that they are not willing to spend more than €10 million. However, the valuation by Borussia Dortmund is slightly steeper.
The German giant is not willing to sell the Belgian international for a sum less than €15 million. There is a substantial difference in valuation for the player from both the clubs. This difference can be a problem in finalising the deal before the end of the transfer window.
Barcelona wanted to sign Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea to fill the gap at right back. However, after spoiling Chelsea’s major transfer plans this summer, the Blues pulled one back over Barcelona. The Blues convinced Cesar Azpilicueta to sign a two-year contract extension and to stay at the club beyond this summer.
The Spanish giants are in a difficult position with regards to the right back position. Apart from Thomas Meunier, there aren’t many qualitative options in the transfer market for the right back position. If Barcelona is unable to sign the Belgian international, the club will find themselves using one of the centre-backs out of position on the right side!!
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