Tuesday, May 17

The players Barcelona could put on the market

Having won just the Copa del Rey in the last three seasons, Barcelona will be aiming to reclaim their place among Europe’s most elite teams next season, and selling several players is one of the club’s priorities in the upcoming transfer window.

Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff, and Xavi Hernandez are adamant that new signings must arrive, while those who do not have a significant role in the team or who could command a substantial transfer fee may depart.

There are currently nine footballers who have the option to leave the club, either because the club does not want them or because they want to sell them for financial reasons.

Dani Alves, Ousmane Dembele, Adama Traore, and Luuk de Jong are the other four players who will be released because their contract or loan has expired.

The club is refusing to sell a number of young players, including Pedri, Ferran Torres, Nico Gonzalez, Gavi, Ansu Fati, and Eric Garcia. These players can be thought of as non-transferable.

Finally, the old guard, which includes Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, will not leave because of their lucrative contracts or because Xavi wants to have them at the club.

On the other hand, there are players out on loan that the club will try to get rid of because of their high profile, such as Phillipe Coutinho, Miralem Pjanic, and Francisco Trincao. There is also Antoine Griezmann, but he is still on loan at Atletico Madrid for another year. Alex Collado and Inaki Pena will probably return to the squad.

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The following is the situation of the players who have the option of leaving the current Barcelona squad:

He’s been claiming for two years that he wants to leave because he doesn’t get to play much, yet he always turns down the opportunities that come his way. Given he just has one year left on his contract, Barcelona want to sell him now. The replacement would be Galatasaray loanee Inaki Pena.

The club will sell him if there is a good offer. When Xavi first arrived, he appeared to be on the periphery, but as the months have gone by, he has earned the coach’s faith. Due to the footballer’s young age, the club may be able to secure a lucrative move. The club believes Chelsea’s Cezar Azpilicueta to be a good replacement.

His contribution to the team is diminishing. The squad has enough centre-backs in Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, and Eric Garcia, with Andreas Christensen on the way too. Barcelona are willing to sell Lenglet for a good price, which is reflected in the balance sheet for the Frenchman’s minimal amortization. He has suitors in the Premier League.

Another central defender who will be on the market. He played many games under previous Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, but Xavi’s arrival has reduced his role in the squad significantly. Because of his age, he has value and may be sold for 10 million.

Umtiti’s major ambition is to play again after so many injuries. After so many injuries, Umtiti’s main objective is to play again. The renewal he did for Barcelona makes it easier for him to leave because at the moment his salary is much lower than it was. Samuel has always been hesitant to leave Barcelona, but things might be different this time.

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Frenkie de Jong is a complex situation. He hasn’t quite performed like the star he is. At least, for the price that was paid for him. He is the player for whom Barcelona could obtain a higher transfer fee. The Dutchman does not feel comfortable and is considering leaving in the summer. However, in the last two games Xavi has given him more freedom.

Xavi does not want him either, though the coach has made it clear that he will feature more often in the remaining three matches. The number of minutes Puig has played with the new coach is proof that he is not a part of Xavi’s plans. The question is whether he wants to leave or not. He has always chosen to stay in previous transfer windows to see if he would be counted on by the coach. Although his contract expires in 2023, a loan could be considered. According to Transfermarkt, his market value is €9 million.

Another player for whom Barcelona can get a good deal. According to Transfermarkt, his market value is 45 million. Because he only has one year left on his contract, the amount may decrease. What the forward will want to do is the question, though. Once new acquisitions are made in the summer, Barcelona will have to work out where Depay fits into the squad.

He’s the forward with the fewest minutes under Xavi, and it is apparent that he will not be a part of the squad in 2022-23. The Dane has always stated that he will honour his contract, but given that he is not a key player and that the World Cup is in November, it’s feasible that he will be content to leave this summer. His market value is 7.5 million.

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