The revamping squad program in Camp Nou is about to begin as the season is already in progress at the final stage. Under the new president, Joan Laporta, the Catalan side is ready to offload some of their star players in order to keep Messi in the squad plus give some room for the possible new signings. Although the Argentine captain has not confirmed his decision to stay in Barcelona, Laporta still believes in the skipper’s chance to do so. However, in order to keep him happy as promised, a sacrifice must be done and some high profiles names will be the victim of Laporta’s policy. According to a number of sources, those four names who would have to be sold to solve the financial issue are two Frenchmen, one Brasilian midfielder plus one youngster.
Antoine Griezmann and Samuel Umtiti are unfortunately included in Laporta’s on sale list. Despite being the world cup winners, they have been struggling to be in-form. Griezmann is actually one of the most talente forwards in the world. Yet, his fairly similar position with Messi has led to his unexpected form compared to his glory days in Atletico Madrid. This season, the French forward has made an improvement and managed to find his rythm while playing alongside the Argentina wizard by registering ten goals and six assists. However, it is not considered enough to keep his post for next season as such number is not even half of Messi’s contribution in 2020/21. In addition, his wage is the second highest in the club, within the range of $600,000 per week. Meanwhile, Samuel Umtiti’s case is more related to his prone to injury, especially lately. The 27-year old defender has only featured in 11 games this season with only five matches as a starter.
Some other two names are the former Liverpool man, Phillipe Coutinho and the Portuguese youngster, Francesco Trincao. The former has been long predicted to be release with much lower price due to his current injury, the bonus entrapment in his contract plus his inability to fit the expected role in the team. His weekly $250,000 wage is another reason the management pushes him to the exit next summer. The latter actually has been making progress lately. Yet, compared to Pedri who is more versatile, Trincao often wastes a number of decent chances and takes longer time to be able to finally tune in with Ronald Koeman’s tactical approach. The former Sporting Braga also frequently plays in the rather same way as Messi as the inverted right wing and has just notched up 3 goals and 2 assists in 29 appearances.
To replace them, the Dutch boss has proposed three names at least for their new signings next season, who have been approved by Laporta. They are the ones who have been linked to Koeman’s appointment since last season, Gini Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay plus Manchester City youngster Eric Garcia. Their contracts happen to expire at the end of this season.