Barcelona has been unsuccessful in incorporating any suitable right-back since Dani Alves left the club. Sergi Roberto has often been played at right-back in recent years. However, the player has not yet adapted to the profile due to his incapability to play at the position. Koeman used Mingueza to cover the position, but he too lacked the profile. Xavi has often deployed Ronald Araujo as a right-back. However, deploying Araujo in the position is clearly not the best decision, as seen against Rayo Vallecano last week.
Sergino Dest was signed from Ajax. The American was seen as the worthy successor to Alves. But the exclusion of Dest from the squad against Rayo Vallecano has been a clear statement from Xavi. The coaching staff doesn’t see Dest as part of the plan. The club is now looking to offload Dest and also bring in a new right-back.
Barcelona is on the market searching for a new right-back.
The search for a new right-back has led the club to Juan Foyth. The Argentine plays for the La Liga club Villareal. He is one of their most consistent and essential players.
According to the ever-reliable Gerard Romero, FC Barcelona will look to make an offer in the region of 30 million euros plus add-ons to persuade Villareal to give up their prized prospect.
The club knows that the Yellow Submarine doesn’t want to part ways with the 24-year-old. Villareal rates him highly because of his impressive development for them ever since he was signed from Tottenham. The club has asked Barcelona that any move for the player would mean Barcelona triggering his 42 million euros release clause.
While Barcelona does have the money to pull off the signing, it remains to be seen if they can make enough space in their wage cap to register the player. A move for Juan Foyth would be an excellent investment for the future, considering his age and versatility. The player is also excited by the prospect of playing for Barcelona. However, he wants guaranteed game time before agreeing to a move.
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