According to SPORT, one of Barcelona’s main objectives in 2023 is to strengthen the right-back position.
The club have struggled with a reliable option on the right side of the defence for a while now. Players such as Nelson Semedo and Sergino Dest have come and gone, with very little impact. The summer signing Hector Bellerin has been of no use either, after joining from Arsenal on a free transfer.
Halfway into the season, the Spaniard has struggled to make his presence felt at Camp Nou. Although he is determined to win back the trust of Xavi Hernandez during the second half of the season, the club are determined to find a new option in the market.
As per the report from SPORT, the Catalans are looking at four options in their attempt to address the right-back position. The players in question are Diogo Dalot, Juan Foyth, Thomas Meunier and Benjamin Pavard.
Dalot has been an option for Barcelona for quite a while now, especially after the Portuguese international’s strong performances in the Premier League this term. A move for Dalot, though, appears unrealistic as Erik ten Hag has confirmed the club have used the option to extend his deal until 2024.
Meunier is a relatively gettable targets for Barça. But there are concerns over the Belgian’s age. As for Foyth, the club see his signing as difficult due to his massive price tag, with Villarreal unlikely to negotiate.
The last option is Pavard, who looks set to leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the season. Bayern Munich had already invested in a right-back in the summer by signing Noussair Mazraoui and it seems the Bavarians may sign another player to replace Pavard, who has been criticised for his lack of consistency.
This should open up an excellent opportunity for Barcelona to sign the Frenchman, who offers abundant experience at the highest level of football and if nurtured properly, could become an asset for the club in the years to come.
Any move will have to wait until the summer as the Catalans are unable to make any new signings in January due to their FFP issues.