Barcelona has renewed its interest in signing Brazilian right-back Vanderson from Monaco.
The 21-year-old was already targeted by the Blaugrana in the recently closed summer transfer window, and remained on the shortlist for a position not made available at the Camp Nou.
Head coach Xavi Hernandez has not trusted Sergino Dest, who has followed veteran Daniel Alves out the exit door on loan to Milan, and Hector Bellerin has only been signed on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
Even if former academy star Bellerin is convinced Barcelona, they still need support in the 27-year-old’s position, and interest in Brazilian talent Vanderson has been renewed.
The former prodigy Gremio is distinguished by his attacking prowess and is also tall, fast and physically strong while being regarded as one of the most potential players in his position across European football.
After the 2022 World Cup, he is expected to be called up to the senior national team when the Brazilian Confederation appoints a successor to current coach Tite, which could increase his value as well.
according to sportsIt has already been decided that Vanderson’s second season in Monaco will be his last. As a result, Barcelona faces rivals for his signature such as Manchester United and Newcastle United in the Premier League.
When Barcelona sporting director Matteo Alemani contacted Monaco in recent months to get Vanderson’s asking price, a fee of €60m ($60m) was quoted which was considered too much after similar prices had already been paid, or about to be paid, for the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Ravenha and Jules Conde.
Ahead of next season, however, the midfield and attacking line are already well equipped, and the right-back is a position that President Joan Laporta and his board of directors consider to be a priority that must be strengthened.
Furthermore, with Van Anderson’s arrival in Catalonia, Conde and fellow central defender Ronald Araujo can focus on playing their natural role rather than filling in the role of Xavi.
This may push the likes of Eric Garcia and Andreas Christensen out of Xavi’s plans, but a busy calendar could make everyone more or less satisfied with their playing time as Van Anderson gradually falls asleep.