Barcelona need to release a number of players deemed surplus in their squad after making several big signings.
In the past few weeks, the transfer news seem to be mainly related to Barcelona. Surprisingly, it is not about their attempt to sell their unused players, but on the opposite, about their new arrivals. The most recent ones are the Brasilian international Rapinha and surely Robert Lewandowski. Barcelona agreed to sign the former from Leeds for €58 million while the deal with the latter star was sealed on €45 million plus adds on.
Previously, the Catalan side has completed the move on free transfer for AC Milan's Frank Kessie and the ex Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen. In the near future, Xavi's side has been reportedly given a green light to snatch Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea for only €5 million.
However, their attempts to find the suitors for a number of surplus names in the squad have yet availed. They have only managed to offload Phillip Coutinho to Aston Villa, Ray Manaj to Watford, Moussa Wague to HNK Gorica, Ferran Jutgla to Club Brugge plus release Francesco Trincao and Clement Lenglet on loan to Sporting Lisbon and Tottenham respectively. Apparently the task of offloading the unwanted figures prove to be harder than expected.
So, who else in the squad will be pushed to the exit in the near future? Here are some of the most likely ones:
- Neto. Brazilian goalkeeper is likely to lose his post as Ter-Stegen deputy next season, should he stay. Xavi prefers to rely on Inaki Pena instead. He actually received an offer from Celta Vigo. The Galician side was prepared to give him a three-year deal. Yet, Neto suddenly turned down the offer. The former Valencia man was said not to feel certain with their project.
- Samuel Umtiti. The French international has been forced to head to the exit since last season. Recently, he was even already on the move to Rennes earlier this month. Surprisingly, Umtiti decided to cancel it despite having the agreement for a medical test. The centre back who is prone to injuries will have to wait for another offer.
- Memphis Depay. The Dutch forward is likely to fall to the pecking order after the arrival of Lewandowski, Raphinha plus Ousmane Dembele's re-signing. Despite his intention to stay in Camp Nou, Blaugrana would not keep him once there is a proper offer. Recently, Spurs have shown their interest to sign the former Lyon key man. It is reported that both clubs have come to an agreement with £14 million transfer fee to secure the move this summer.
- Frankie de Jong. He is one of the top earners at the club, although he has taken the wage cut to continue his stint with the Catalan side. Although, Barça and Manchester United have agreed his transfer fee up to €85 million, De Jong is not keen on the move to Premier League outfit, especially since they will not compete in the Champions League next season. Instead, the centre midfielder stated that he would ponder leaving Camp Nou only to Bayern. Unfortunately, Julian Nagelsmann's men have not shown any sign of interest towards De Jong.
- Martin Braithwaite. The Danish international has been excluded from Xavi's plan and been put in the transfer list. Yet, he does not seem to want to leave the club despite being left out. Nevertheless, recently Ajax has been attracted to sign the 31-year old forward. The Eredivisie giant has just appointed Alfred Schreuder who previously worked in Barcelona as Ronald Koeman's assistant. It could be the perfect way out for Braithwaite to prepare himself for world cup 2022.
- Miralem Pjanic. The Bosnian international has just returned from his loan at Besiktas. The 32-year old is unlikely to be the first choice in the midfield with several names with similar positions stacked up in the squad such as Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, and the new signing, Frank Kessie. AC Milan has been the latest team which is keen on offering him a loan move to San Siro. They will be in rivalry with Lyon and Marseille which have been linked to the player before.
Riqui Puig and Oscar Mingueza. These two La Masia graduate have to find a new club for the next season's campaign as they have been told that they are not apart of the club's plan. Puig has gained interest from Girona, Valencia and Celta Vigo, while Migueza has been linked to Valencia and TSG Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, none has made a concrete approach yet.