Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing Juan Foyth in the summer but will need to pay €54.6 million to sign him.

According to Javi Miguel, Juan Foyth is the priority target for Barcelona heading into the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants are formulating their plans for the next round of purchases. But Villarreal will not let the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner for anything less than €54.6 million, his release clause.

Juan Foyth has gone from strength to strength since joining Villarreal from Tottenham Hotspur. The Yellow Submarine initially signed the Argentine international on loan for the 2020/21 season. And he was instrumental in Villarreal’s UEFA Europa League-winning campaign that term. So it was hardly surprising when they signed the 25-year-old permanently 18 months ago.

Foyth has since established himself as a regular for Villarreal, turning out 84 times while chipping in with three goals and five assists. Meanwhile, the player was also a part of Argentina’s squad as La Albiceleste won the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And the former Tottenham defender’s progress has captured the attention of Barcelona.

Barcelona considered signing Foyth last summer before a move failed to materialise. The Catalan outfit had already spent a lot of money on several signings and could not afford the 25-year-old. But the interest in the World Cup winner has not waned, especially with Barcelona still in the market for a right-back.

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The Hector Bellerin experiment ended after just half a season, with the Spaniard joining Sporting CP. Xavi Hernandez now has Sergi Roberto, Jules Kounde, and Ronald Araujo as his right-back options. So it is clear that Barcelona will need to invest in a top-class right-back in the summer transfer window. And Foyth has emerged as the priority target for the Blaugrana.

But according to SPORT, Villarreal will only let Foyth leave if a suitor triggers his release clause, worth €54.6 million. That might complicate matters for Barcelona, whose financial woes have not ended. Nonetheless, the Catalan giants remain in contact with the Argentine defender’s entourage.

Meanwhile, Foyth is not the only right-back on Barcelona’s radar, with the Catalan outfit also drawing up a list of alternatives. But it will be interesting to see if Barcelona can evade paying €54.6 million for the World Cup winner.

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