La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly ready to throw in the towel in the race to sign Noussair Mazraoui, who will join Bayern Munich soon.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Noussair Mazraoui is destined to join Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window, with Barcelona admitting defeat in the race to sign him. The Catalan giants are not ready to enter a transfer battle for the Ajax defender following the terms offered by Bayern.
Noussair Mazraoui is one of the hottest properties in the market on the back of a memorable 2021/22 season thus far. The Moroccan full-back has come into his own in the ongoing campaign, playing a leading role in Ajax’s rampant performances.
The 24-year-old has chipped in with five goals and four assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this term. But Mazraoui’s stint with Ajax will end in the summer transfer window, with his contract running out in June. Such a situation has captured the attention of some of the most high profile clubs in Europe, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The interest from Barcelona stems from the advancing years of Dani Carvajal. While the veteran right-back has been top class since returning to Barcelona a few months ago, he will turn 40 next year. And with Sergino Dest’s future not set in stone, the Blaugrana will do well to sign a right-back.
Recent reports had also indicated that Mazraoui was keen on joining Barcelona in a Bosman move. But Bayern Munich’s entry into the picture complicated matters considerably for Barcelona, with the Bundesliga champions offering the 24-year-old defender a lucrative contract.
Bayern Munich will need to sign a right-back in the summer transfer window as Bouna Sarr has been sub-par and will depart from the Allianz Arena ahead of the 2022/23 season. In addition, Benjamin Pavard has blown hot and cold, thereby prompting Bayern Munich to set sights on Mazraoui.
The Bavarian giants have swooped ahead of Barcelona in the race to sign Mazraoui in recent weeks. And the Catalan heavyweights are prepared to admit defeat in the pursuit of the Moroccan right-back, leaving a clear path for Bayern Munich to walk to secure the services of the player.