FC Barcelona are currently in the market to try to find a new candidate for the right-back slot that Jules Kounde primarily occupies. Despite his rather stellar displays in the position, it is obvious that he prefers to play in the central defensive zones. Consequently, Barcelona need to procure a permanent right back and not have to create make-shift alternatives to fill that void.
Along comes Brazilian right-back Vanderson from AS Monaco. The 21-year-old is creating quite the name for himself while playing in the French side and continues to attract interest. Rumored to be arguably this upcoming Brazilian generation’s primary right back in the national team, it would come as no surprise if that were to end up being the case considering his attributes and quality.
Physically strong, agile with quick feet and a defensive balance to his relatively offensive style of play, Xavi Hernandez reportedly considers the player ideal for his style of play. The fullback himself is also aware of this interest from FC Barcelona and has seen them try to initiate talks over his services in the past as well, as the attempts in August of 2022 failed to materialize due to the rather expensive transfer costs involved.
The Brazilian is currently valued at €18 million by Transfermarkt, but his contract still has a ways to go, ending in 2027. Due to this rather lengthy duration still left in his contract, it is expected that his hypothetical transfer fee would accordingly be quite a handsome figure.
Problems with his knees have kept him sidelined for quite a while this season and have been undeniably detrimental for the player. However, it is reported by SPORT that Barcelona expect to soon meet up with Vanderson’s representatives in the Ciutat Esportiva and try to understand the current economical demands from the player’s side and to find common ground between both parties to get said negotiations underway.
Vanderson remains far from being Barcelona’s only potential target at right-back however, as they are also reportedly eyeing Juan Foyth of Villarreal, Joao Cancelo of Manchester City (Currently on loan at Bayern Munich), Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich and Thomas Meunier from Borussia Dortmund.