La Masia has solved Barcelona’s full-back problem in part as the left-back position’s future is now in safe hands with Alejandro Balde. However, there is no such prospect in the academy available at right-back who promises to be at the level required to play with the first team.
The hunt for a new young right-back has thus taken Barcelona scouts across the globe, and there is positive news flowing in from South America.
According to reports from SPORT, young Brazilian right-back Arthur was offered to Barcelona in January and the technical staff like his profile.
The 19-year-old was seriously considered as an option to reinforce Barca Atletic alongside Wesley and Julian Araujo, in the hope that he develops enough to represent the senior side.
The 19-year-old born in Belo Horizonte currently plays for America Futebol Clube. He has made a total of 16 appearances for the first team so far.
While he was offered to the Blaugrana, talks with his club did not pan out well as the Brazilian outfit wanted a transfer fee for the teenager, something the La Liga leaders could not accept at that point because of their FFP issues.
Arthur is currently playing at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia where he represents the Brazilian colours. In seven games so far, he has provided one assist and is a regular starter.
It is clear that the player is far away from the level required to play for Xavi Hernandez. However, a couple of seasons at the Barca Atletic team under Rafa Marquez could do him a world of good and accelerate his development.
In the absence of a natural right-back this season, Xavi has preferred to use Jules Kounde in the position week in and week out.
While the non-conventional approach raised eyebrows at first, the French International has struck up a wonderful partnership with Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen and has been steadily improving as a full-back.
A top-level right-back is expected to arrive at Barcelona next summer. But the club could also sign a younger prospect like Arthur, Wesley, or Araujo who can grow into the first-team role in a few years.