Barcelona will reportedly prioritise 24-year-old Argentine international Juan Foyth as their preferred right-back signing next year.

According to a report by Spanish publication AS, Xavi Hernandez will prioritise signing a right-back in the January transfer window. And Argentine international Juan Foyth is the favoured target for the Barcelona manager this coming winter. But Joan Laporta recently suggested Barcelona cannot sign players in January.

Juan Foyth has found a stable footing in European football since joining Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine initially signed the 24-year-old on loan for the 2020/21 season before completing a permanent move last year. And the youngster has not looked back since then, establishing himself as the first-choice right-back.

But fitness issues have restricted the Argentine international to six appearances, where he has grabbed two assists. The player will now look to enjoy a solid campaign at the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina. Meanwhile, Foyth’s progress has captured the attention of Barcelona.

Barcelona attempted to sign the 24-year-old in the summer transfer window, with the player keen on joining them. But a move did not materialise, with his release clause being the party pooper. So Barcelona eventually settled on Hector Bellerin, who signed a one-year contract after arriving on a free transfer.

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But Bellerin will likely depart from Spotify Camp Nou next year. And with Sergi Roberto being a shell of the player he once was, Barcelona will look to invest in a right-back next year. Foyth has thus emerged on the Catalan outfit’s radar again. And Xavi Hernandez will prioritise signing the Argentine international in the January transfer window.

But according to Joan Laporta’s recent comments, a winter move for the Villarreal defender seems unlikely. The Barcelona president suggested that the Blaugrana cannot sign players in January due to La Liga rules. So Xavi might have to wait until the summer transfer window to launch the offensive for him.

With Bellerin failing to impress Xavi, it will be interesting to see if the right-back berth becomes the Achilles heel for Barcelona in the second half of the season. For now, it seems unlikely that the Catalan outfit will sign the 24-year-old Argentine international in the January transfer window.

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