EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Barcelona might sell five players as soon as possible

Umtiti

So the latest update from Barcelona is that an agreement for Vitor Roque has been struck as long as the Catalans could generate the needed sales to secure the registration of the player. According to agent Jorge Mendes, Ansu Fati, who is on the list to leave the club, does not want to leave. In any case, whether they like it or not, they are going to be sold. If necessary, given away, with some clever accounting to assist balance the books. So, let’s take a closer look into which five players must depart in order to help the club reduce its wage bill to resolve FFP issues.

Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest

A player who rarely impressed at Barcelona and also failed to impress during his season-long loan at Milan. In fact so that he was at the bottom of the pecking order at the San Siro as well. Dest is likely the most difficult of the five players mentioned here to be sold. There has been no reported interest in him, therefore don’t rule him out of continuing at the club. Hence he might be heading out on loan again, or even making an unexpected comeback as a right-back.

Clement Lenglet

Having Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, and Kounde ahead of Clement Lenglet if he returns from his loan term at Tottenham. The Frenchman should either stay in north London or transfer elsewhere. According to reports, Spurs may be willing to engage into talks this week for the player who cost Barcelona £32 million but has since gone cold.

Samuel Umtiti

Indeed, Samuel Umtiti is still a Barcelona player and has come back from his loan term at Lecce. The 29-year-old has no hope of staying at the club, but Lecce wishes him back. However the fact is that the player has stated his desire to return to Lyon. Umtiti has apparently attracted the interest of Serie A powerhouses Inter Milan and AS Roma. Meanwhile, his previous club Lyon has been keeping an eye on him. Hence he is keen on going back to the Groupama Stadium. In any case, his time is over at Barca.

Barcelona defender Eric Garcia

A liability as a center-back and, tragically, a liability as a pivot after a promising start. Eric is still young, but he knows everything about how the club prefers their players to play in specific positions to be far more proficient than he has been. When he plays, he always appears to be a fish out of water. Even his comprehension of the game is far from calm. Garcia is being rumoured with a return to the Premier League in recent months, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal apparently among the clubs keen on signing the Spanish international.

Barca winger Ferran Torres

Ferran is going to be the last guy in this list, and the former Manchester City star must be sacrificed just because Ansu is putting his heels in. He is unlikely to receive much of consideration with Ousmane Dembele returning, and while the club can still get a good price for him, they might sell him.

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