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Barcelona suffered major setback in pursuing Juan Foyth

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According to recent reports, Barcelona’s attempt to sign Juan Foyth, the Villarreal defender, has hit a snag. On Sunday, Barcelona secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Thus extending their lead at the top of the La Liga table to nine points.

Barcelona is reportedly in the market for a right-back and has identified Juan Foyth as a potential target. The 23-year-old Argentine defender is currently on loan at Villarreal from Tottenham Hotspur and has impressed with his performances. Barcelona has been monitoring Foyth for a while, but their pursuit of the player may have hit a snag.

It seems that Foyth has been performing well at Villarreal this season, contributing one goal and two assists in 18 appearances across all competitions. His solid performances could make him an attractive target for Barcelona as they look to bolster their right side of defence.

Unfortunately, the report does not provide information on what the setback is that Barcelona has faced in their pursuit of Juan Foyth. Wow, that’s a hefty release clause for a defender. It’s no surprise that Barcelona would be hesitant to pay such a high fee, especially given their recent financial struggles.

Barcelona unlikely to chase Juan Foyth

It seems that Barcelona are unlikely to meet Villarreal’s demands for Foyth due to their current financial situation. As a result, it is uncertain whether they will be able to secure the services of the Argentine defender in the upcoming transfer window. Barcelona have been cautious with their spending in recent times. They are likely to continue to do so given the financial impact of the pandemic on the club’s revenue.

It remains to see who Barcelona will target as an alternative to Foyth. But the Catalan club is likely to explore other options to strengthen their right-back position. They may also consider promoting a player from their youth academy. Or exploring the possibility of a loan deal or a lower-cost transfer.

Joao Cancelo has been an important player for Manchester City this season, making 29 appearances across all competitions and contributing with two goals and four assists. While there have been reports of tension between Cancelo and City manager Pep Guardiola, it is unclear if the club would be willing to sell him in the upcoming transfer window. Now he is currently on loan at Bayern.

It seems like Barcelona have identified a few players to potentially fill their right-back position. Among them are Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot, Bayern’s Benjamin Pavard, and Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier. It remains to be seen which of these players Barcelona will prioritize and pursue.

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