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Barcelona Wanted To Sign This Monaco Full-Back Last Summer: Should Xavi Go Back For Him?

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In a recent report, Sport revealed that Barcelona wanted to sign Monaco winger Vanderson last summer. However, it is understood that the Catalan club were priced out of a move by the French club as they demanded €50m for the Brazilian talent earlier this year.

Vanderson’s Impressive Form At The Louis II Stadium This Season

Vanderson is having a solid campaign in French football as he has managed to put in a series of impressive displays on the right side of Monaco’s backline. The 21-year-old has been involved in 11 matches for his current employers this season but is yet to score or assist a goal for them in various competitions.

The Brazilian prospect has been one of the French club’s best performers based on his average of 2.7 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 0.6 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He has even taken care of the ball really well when distributing it from the right flank, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 83.1% in the French first division (stats via whoscored).

Vanderson’s current contract with Monaco is set to expire in the summer of 2027. Thus, it would take a big offer from Barca if Xavi is serious about recruiting him in the future.

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Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Go Back In For Vanderson In January?

Vanderson is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few important interceptions inside his half. The Monaco defender usually clears his lines when in danger of being caught out at the back and can even make some driving runs with the ball down the right flank. The Brazilian is primarily a right-back but can also play as a right wing-back or as a right-winger if told to do so. However, he is still quite inexperienced and would need time to settle into life in Spanish football if Barcelona move in for him next year.

At the moment, Jules Kounde is serving as a makeshift right-back for Xavi. Hence, Barca should think about signing a new right-back this January. Vanderson fits the bill perfectly as he will definitely strengthen Xavi’s first XI and could help the Catalan club stay competitive across all fronts in the coming seasons.

Therefore, Xavi should focus on going back for the Brazilian youngster when the transfer window reopens at the start of January as he will be a great, long-term asset in his squad at the Nou Camp.

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