Earlier this month, Sport reported that Chelsea had entered the race to sign Iván Fresneda from Real Valladolid, joining Barcelona in their pursuit. According to the same outlet on Friday. Chelsea’s potential interest in the right-back has caused some ‘tension’ at Camp Nou. Now, according to Saturday’s Mundo Deportivo. Chelsea is currently in the most favorable position to secure the services of the 18-year-old.
“Xavi Hernández’s team has intensified their efforts to secure the signing of Manchester City defender João Cancelo. However, Mundo reports that Iván Fresneda’s potential transfer is still being in consideration at Camp Nou. The young player is eager to understand Barcelona’s plans for him by the beginning of next week.
Mundo Deportivo has provided additional updates online, stating that Chelsea is in interest in signing the teenager with the intention of subsequently loaning him out. Barcelona is also exploring a similar approach, and the report indicates that the Spain U19 international would be open to such an arrangement. However, Real Valladolid remains unconvinced by Barcelona’s offer of €8 million plus bonuses.
Chelsea and Fresneda
Fresneda’s current release clause is set at €20 million, but Mundo suggests that Real Valladolid might be willing to part with him for €10 million plus bonuses. This potential deal would likely be favorable for Chelsea. As they are currently in consideration the leading candidate to secure the fullback’s services.”
The 18-year-old is in anticipation to depart Valladolid this summer following their relegation from LaLiga last season. However, his next destination remains uncertain. He’s a strong desire to join Barcelona. But the Catalan giants have not yet made an official bid. Additionally, Chelsea has joined the competition for his signature, as reported by ESPN.
Xavi, the Barcelona manager, is believed to favor the acquisition of a more seasoned player, such as Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo. The club has also explored the possibility of signing former Tottenham defender Juan Foyth. But Villarreal’s asking price is likely to make a move to the Nou Camp financially challenging.
On the other hand, the sporting director, Deco, is pushing for the club to prioritize signing Fresneda over Cancelo. Viewing him as a more long-term solution to Barcelona’s full-back concerns.
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