- The Villarreal defender convinces Xavi as an option for the right back, but his club refers to his termination clause: 42 million euros
Juan Foyth (24 years old) is one of the first options that Barça is considering to reinforce the right back, after the renewal of César Azpilicueta with Chelsea. The Argentine, a Villarreal footballer, arrived at the La Plana club as a central defender, but Unai Emery has converted him into a right-back and his performance as a ‘2’ has been outstanding. He is a footballer that Xavi Hernández likes to reinforce a right wing in which he has Sergi Roberto and Dest , but in the league debut he opted for Araujo . Strengthening the right side with a signing that arrives to be a starter has been one of the coach’s requests throughout the summer. Juan Foyth now appears as a very reliable option, but Villarreal will not make it easy for him to leave and Barça will not sign him at any price and is not willing to pay the 42 million that the ‘groguet’ club is asking for.
Barça has already made a move to hire Villarreal’s Argentine defender. KG yesterday captured the image of Claudio Curti , Foyth ‘s agent , leaving the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper after meeting with Mateu Alemany. The defender’s representative did not want to make any statements and did not even want to confirm his meeting with the football director of the Barça team.
After running out of Azpilicueta , who was the first and practically only option for the right back, Barça activated the search for alternatives. KG pointed out the option of Héctor Bellerín , offered to the Camp Nou, and Jijantes revealed a list with five other names, headed by Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) and Juan Foyth (Villarreal).
Barça only wants to sign players who arrive to be starters and they don’t want ‘patches’ or players who can’t offer the highest level. Foyth ‘s progress has been closely followed and the technical secretariat considers that he is a very interesting player, that he still has a long way to go and that at his age, 24, he could be a signing for the present and for the future. He is a tall footballer (1.87 m), physically very strong and with a good control of the ball, since he has acted as a central defender and as a defensive midfielder before Emery bet on him as a winger. This versatility is also valued by the Barça coaches, since as he used to do with Azpilicueta, if he bets on a defense of three he can adapt perfectly to the change of system.
The meeting of Juan Foyth ‘s agent with Mateu Alemany was greeted with surprise and concern at Villarreal, as the Argentine is a key player in Unai Emery ‘s schemes . After learning of Barça’s interest in the Argentine defender, the journalists who follow the day of the Castellón club, such as Xavi Sidro from Cadena SER, agreed to highlight that Villarreal will not negotiate his transfer and refer to the player’s clause, which is of 42 million euros.
Foyth was acquired by Villarreal last summer, after having played on loan from Tottenham. Then they paid 15 million for a footballer who arrived as a central defender and has triumphed as a right back. He is the undisputed starter for Emery and they are not willing to let him out, so they ‘demand’ the payment of the termination clause.
It is clear that it will not be a simple negotiation for Barça, whose economic situation also conditions the arrival of Foyth . Waiting to be able to register Koundé and unblock the arrival of Marcos Alonso , the incorporation of the Argentine defender will only be possible if there are significant departures or salary reductions beforehand.
One of the options is that Barça try to include a footballer in the operation and the first name that appears is that of Abde , intended by Emery for his Villarreal. The two clubs have not yet spoken