Juan Foyth Transfer News: According to Javi Miguel of AS, after yesterday night’s 4-0 loss to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has made it clear that he wants the club to prioritize signing a new right-back this summer.
It has been reported that after the devastating loss at Camp Nou, Xavi, club president Joan Laporta, director Mateu Alemany, and other athletic department administrators met to discuss the team’s future. [ Juan Foyth Transfer News ]
Meeting attendees also stressed the need of bolstering Barcelona’s right-back corps this summer if the club is to maintain its status as a title contender. This season, Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo have been crucial for Barcelona at right back. Even though they have done very well, the duo is far from a natural fit for their current role, and it shows at times.
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So, Xavi has made it a priority to bring in a new right-back this coming summer. According to the source, the club is prepared to spend money to strengthen its position before the start of the next season. And according to Javi Miguel, Xavi’s first choice to shore up the right-back position is Juan Foyth of Villarreal and Argentina. [ Juan Foyth Transfer News ]
Barça has been interested in the 25-year-old since last summer when a potential transfer fell through owing to an injury sustained by the player and Villarreal’s unyielding price demands.
Foyth, a member of Argentina’s 2022 FIFA World Cup-winning side, has a €54 million buyout from the Yellow Submarine. And they’ve already made it plain they won’t budge on pricing. Once the transfer market opens for business, Barcelona hopes they can persuade Villarreal to drop their expectations by providing a player in return. [ Juan Foyth Transfer News ]
Will Barcelona get him in the summer transfer window?
According to the report, Foyth has the ideal profile for the club to strengthen their right-back position. The 25-year-old is adaptable and can play centre defence. He’s also fast and can make runs forward, but these aren’t always his strong points.
Despite the interest in players like Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Pavard, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier, and Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot, Foyth is still Barcelona’s first choice. [ Juan Foyth Transfer News ]
Javi Miguel adds that the club would not be pursuing Arnau Martinez or Joao Cancelo. The former is under contract with Atletico Madrid and the latter has unreasonable financial demands.