There is no secret that Barcelona are in the market for a new right-back this summer. It is one of the few areas where the team visibly lacks depth, with coach Xavi Hernandez not having even one recognised option.
Sergi Roberto’s contract was extended in the hope that the veteran could continue at right-back for at least another season. But if Barça are to compete at the top level, they require a far more natural right-back, who can help the team step up.
The Catalans have been linked with a host of options throughout the year. The names of Juan Foyth, Benjamin Pavard, and Diogo Dalot have all come up. The club had even reportedly held a discussion with the agent of Jeremie Frimpong recently.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, one name that could dominate the Barcelona circles in the coming weeks is Noussair Mazraoui.
Formerly of Ajax, it appears the Bayern Munich starlet is frustrated in Bavaria. After joining the club last summer, the defender has only featured in just 17 league matches. He simply does not have the trust of the recently appointed Thomas Tuchel.
As a result, Mazraoui is eyeing for a summer switch to FC Barcelona. The player was linked with a move to Barça last summer, but he ended up joining Bayern Munich while the Catalans struggled with FFP restrictions.
This time around, Barcelona are experiencing similar economic issues. But they are willing to make a move for the Moroccan if they receive favourable conditions. Otherwise, the club would explore the possibility of a loan deal. A lot will depend on Bayern Munich.
Mazraoui, for his part, is willing to do everything he can to force through the move to Camp Nou. Barcelona also have an excellent relationship with his agent, which could go a long way in helping them rope in the former Ajax starlet this summer.