After nearly a year of Xavi’s arrival, We can finally see a team being built with a sporting project in place, and the last remaining pieces are an out-and-out competent Right Back and a central defensive midfielder to replace Busquets.
According to new reports from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona want to acquire an offensive-minded experienced right back to fill the gap for La Blaugrana. The two mentioned names in the aforementioned report were – Diogo Dalot and Thomas Meunier.
The Portuguese defended has redeemed himself under Erik ten Hag. After giving mediocre performances last season under Ralf Rangnick, he has flourished in his role under the new coaching staff.
He has played 1,166 minutes this season, gathering one assist, and has looked convincing defensively as well. He has also generated a total xG of 0.65, which is decent for a Right Back. He has a very high Shot on target percentage (60%) and has an overwhelming 85% rate of tackles won.
His contract renewal is up in the air and Barcelona can sign him on a free transfer too if they play their cards right. He would be a wonderful addition to Xavi’s squad and signing him as a free agent is a deal certainly not to miss.
The second option is a rather risky one as the Belgian international is already 31 years old. Thomas Meunier veteran has played well over 500 minutes this season and has accumulated no goal involvement. The seasoned Dortmund has also been booked twice and is out due to a cheek cheekbone fracture currently.
Although he will bring a lot of experience to the young team of La Blaugrana and, his age is concerning as he will also be a short-term fix. Especially when his alternative can be signed for free and is considerably younger won’t make his acquisition a wise one.