La Liga giants Barcelona are interested in signing Udinese right-back Nahuel Molina, according to a report from TuttoSport (via Sport).
Barca endured a difficult 2021-22 season. They were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage, missed the Copa del Rey and finished second in La Liga, 13 points behind champions Real Madrid.
Xavi’s men will try to improve their performance next season, for which it is important to strengthen certain positions.
Xavi was unimpressed with Barcelona’s right-back options in the 2021-22 season, with neither Dani Alves nor Sergino Dest gaining his unwavering confidence.
The Catalan giants hope to bolster the area by signing Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea, but the Blues are reportedly unwilling to facilitate his transfer. Sporting director Mateu Alemany, preparing for the worst, is scouring the market for capable right-backs and Molina has emerged as an interesting person.
According to the Italian newspaper TuttoSport, the Blaugrana are the latest names on the list of suitors for the attacking fullback. Juventus, Atlético Madrid and Arsenal are also keeping an eye on the 24-year-old defender.
The Argentine right-back, who scored eight times in the 2021-2022 season and provided five assists in 37 league matches, has a contract until June 2026.
Molina is also a fixture in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina team, who goes on to show that he can thrive in a variety of systems. The fullback is currently valued at €20million, but Udinese wants €30million for their burgeoning star.
Juventus are favorites with Barcelona target Nahuel Molina
Like Barcelona, Juventus also had a difficult 2021-22 season. They finished fourth in Serie A and were unable to make a mark in any cup competition.
The Bianconeri are poised to bolster their squad to do better next season, and Molina is supposedly a player they highly value.
Interests from Barca, Atletico and Arsenal can complicate things, but Juventus are the favorites to get Molina on their books. The Udinese general manager himself wants Molina to play for an Italian team and has encouraged Juve to go for him.
In a recent interview, Pierpaolo Marino (via BeSoccer) said:
“I hope that an Italian team will take on Nahuel Molina. Juventus have the capacity for him.”
Barça may have to go into a bidding war with the Italians to sign Molina, something they could struggle with unless they sell a few players.
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