Juan Foyth tells Villarreal he wants to play for Barcelona this summer

Juan Foyth, Xavi Hernández’s top right-back target at Barcelona, has announced his intentions. The Argentine full-back has officially told Villarreal of his wish to join the Catalans this summer, according to Gerard Romero.

Villarreal insists that Barça must pay the full €54 million release clause in his contract to sign the 25-year-old. Foyth’s formal request may pressure the Yellow Submarine to accept a reduced sum, giving the Blaugrana hope of an agreement.

Now it’s up to the two clubs to restart talks and try to reach a compromise, although Barça’s financial predicament makes this tough. João Cancelo, Iván Fresneda, and Pablo Maffeo are Barcelona’s new targets.

The search for a right-back appears to dominate Barça’s summer transfer window’s final three weeks.