While working on the Portuguese winger’s deployment, they are also working on the alternative or plan B, which is a player who has been on the Blaugrana’s agenda for a number of seasons.
Xavi has already stated that he wants the right-back Barcelona FC 2023-24 is Portuguese Joao Cancelo, who retired at Manchester City. Mateu Alemany and Joan Laporta They’re working on the operation, but the Citizens Club isn’t making it easy. And that it is a footballer who does not count at all for Pep Guardiola.
Market time ticks on and Barcelona still don’t have a guaranteed team on the right flank. The most worrying thing is that they failed to release Sergiño Dest and Sergi Roberto is no longer a 100% guarantee. That’s why, faced with the difficulty of signing Joao Cancelo, the Catalan team are simultaneously working on another maneuver that Barca have been keen on for years.
If FC Barcelona continue to face obstacles in Joao Cancelo, they will choose Juan Foyth
Once again, Argentinian winger Juan Foyth is the object of desire for Xavi Hernández, who sees the world champions as quite balanced in attack and defence. He may not be an important player for Argentina national team, but at Villarreal CF he is the untouchable on the right wing. In addition, Quique Setién counts him among his protégés.
Evidence of the Gaucho’s vital importance in the Yellow Sub’s defense system is the increase in his Clause. In the last summer market it was 42 million euros, currently it is 55 kilos. His contract until 2026 makes it difficult to use, all the more so since the winger has shown he wants to stay at La Cerámica.
Plan B around Joao Cancelo will be very complicated for FC Barcelona
The Culé club’s transfer situation is getting darker as the sand in Laporta’s clock runs out. The reasons are widely visible and almost all have one factor in common: money. The clearest example is Villarreal CF’s decision to refer to the Foyth Clause without offering any negotiation options at all.
At the other extreme is Manchester City who insist on charging a hefty fee for Joao Cancelo’s loan. In addition, they declare that they will be released from their file, for which FC Barcelona will have to pay in full. To get an idea of the extent of this state of affairs, one would say that the Portuguese are among the top 5 best-paid players at the Barça club. Complicated situation for Joan Laporta.