Barcelona currently have three right-backs in the mix – Julian Araujo, Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto. However, none of the options convinces Xavi Hernandez ahead of the new season.
The Mexican does not have the level required to play for the Catalans, and is closing in on a loan move to UD Las Palmas.
Meanwhile, Sergino Dest’s performances in pre-season are far from convincing while Roberto is not a reliable option.
Real Valladolid teenager Ivan Fresneda, thus, has presented himself as one of the targets for the La Liga champions.
Barcelona table offer for Fresneda
According to reports from Gerard Romero, Barcelona are hoping to make Fresneda their next signing and have tabled an offer for the 18-year-old right-back.
They are offering Valladolid a sum of €8 million plus variables, albeit with the option for Real Valladolid to sign Estanis Pedrola as part of the deal.
Fresneda has a release clause of €20 million on his deal with Valladolid, but Barcelona’s offer could well tempt the Spanish side’s offices.
After all, they have already made their interest in Estanis Pedrola known and stand to gain from the operation.
Fresneda’s agent is currently speaking with Valladolid to discuss the offer from the Blaugrana.
Influx of funds for Barça
Barcelona have been struggling with big sales for a while now. Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati were the players seen as surplus by the administration, but the duo refused to leave for varying reasons.
Anti-climactically, it is Ousmane Dembele who appears closest to leaving Barcelona now. PSG could complete his signing as early as today, and the Catalans will gain €25 million from the operation.
Xavi Hernandez will hope for Raphinha and Ez Abde to make up for the Frenchman’s departure next season. The incoming funds will thus go into the signing of a full-back, likely Fresneda.
Notably, many in the Barça administration are not totally convinced about the teenager’s ability to play for the club given his lack of experience.
As such, Joao Cancelo remains an option for the La Liga champions, but there are moves being made to rope in Fresneda.