With just a couple of weeks left before the transfer window slams to a shut, FC Barcelona are currently on the lookout for a new right-back.
Head coach Xavi Hernandez is unconvinced by Sergino Dest, who has struggled to offer consistency and failed to integrate into Barça’s style of play.
Barcelona are even considering selling the American international in the final weeks of the transfer market. With Dani Alves leaving the club in the summer, the club are without a suitable alternative, so adding a new face is paramount.
Barcelona have a long list of targets lined up, especially after facing the disappointment of chasing Cesar Azpilicueta, according to Gerard Romero.
Up to five players were on the list, including Thomas Meunier, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Jeremie Frimpong and even Manchester United outcast Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, Barça prefer to move two players, especially in the form of Meunier and Foyth.
Meunier currently plies his trade with Borussia Dortmund and arrives after a promising Bundesliga campaign in 2021/22. He is highly rated due to his experience and background at the highest level of football.
Barcelona will have to shell out almost €10m to sign the Belgian and a formal offer could be submitted in the coming days.
Foyth, meanwhile, may not offer a table experience. But he has shown plenty of promise during his time at Villarreal, while the Argentina international is also versatile enough to operate as a centre-back.
That made him an attractive target for Barcelona, who face a precarious right-back situation.
Villarreal will expect €25 million for the Argentine, but it remains to be seen whether Barça are ready to make such an offer.
A player like Meunier can certainly prove to be a good replacement for Desta as the Belgium international can offer attacking impetus in the final third. Foyth, on the other hand, is a much more defensive option, but even he can handle it going forward.
However, with just two weeks remaining, it will be difficult for Barcelona to lure either of these two players and it will come as no surprise that the club are exploring the possibility of signing more players to the five-man shortlist.