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Manchester United and Barcelona to go head-to-head for the signature of Juan Foyth

by Ayantan Chowdhury

Last season, Manchester United went through three different managers and still ended up finishing a disappointing sixth in the Premier League.

A leaky defence was primarily to blame as the team went on to concede a record 57 goals during the course of the season and ended up finishing with a goal difference of 0.

As soon as Erik ten Hag got the highly-sought after job as new United boss, his first priority was to stop the concession of easy goals and he chose to invest heavily on the defence.

He brought in former Ajax star Lisandro Martinez and the Argentine’s no-nonsense style of defending has already endeared him to the Old Trafford faithful.

United’s CB hunt

Results have also improved but with the future of club captain Harry Maguire still up in the air and injury concerns over Raphael Varane, the addition of another centre-back remains a priority.

The latest defender to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is former Tottenham Hotspur player Juan Foyth, currently plying his trade for Villareal in La Liga.

The Argentine did not enjoy the best of times at North London but has successfully re-established himself in Spain and United fans will know him well from the Europa League final heartbreak a couple of seasons back.

According to Fichajes, United, Chelsea and Spanish giants Barcelona are all interested in the 24-year-old. His release clause stands at €42 million.

Barca vs United on the cards

“Barcelona has in mind to improve its defense for the coming seasons and one of the players that Xavi Hernández wants under his orders is Juan Foyth,” the report mentions.

His ability to play as both right-back and centre-back has interested both the Catalan giants and United.

However, the release clause and pressure from United means it will be difficult for Barca, who are suffering from financial woes, to get the deal over the line in January.

The former Spurs defender was close to coming to Camp Nou last summer, but an untimely injury meant Héctor Bellerín was chosen as the stop-gap option.

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