As reported earlier today, Barcelona will go after the signing of a new right-back this summer. And, at the moment, Real Valladolid starlet Ivan Fresneda appears to be the name heading the shortlist for the La Liga champions.
The 18-year-old enjoyed a solid debut season in La Liga with Real Valladolid in 2022/23, despite his club ending up getting relegated. And now, the Blaugrana regard him as a cost-effective reinforcement for the right-back position.
Fresneda has a release clause in his contract with the Pucela worth €20 million. But given the Blaugrana’s financial situation, they cannot offer more than €10 million to sign the teenage right-back.
Now, though, Barcelona may have received a boost in their pursuit of Fresneda as Gabriel Sans of Mundo Deportivo reports that Real Valladolid would be open to accepting an offer worth €10 million plus variables for the right-back despite the €20 million exit clause.
However, Fresneda is not being courted by Barcelona alone as clubs like Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on him.
But the Blaugrana have notified the teenager of their interest in him and have asked him to wait given their Financial Fair Play situation. And the player is willing to wait for the La Liga champions to make their move.
Barcelona director Deco met with Fresneda’s agent earlier today at Hotel Sofia to lay the groundwork for the operation. But there is still a lot of work to be done for the deal to be finalised.
A fee of €10 million plus variables should make Fresneda affordable for Barcelona, although they would still need to make some sales in order to create room on the wage bill to ensure his successful registration.