Barcelona prepare to offload four fringe players
Barcelona are looking to downsize their squad this summer as Xavi steps up his rebuilding of the club.
The legendary midfielder took over the managerial job in November, arriving to find a bloated list that was a mix of hierarchical visions following the club’s financial crises of recent years.
Barca sought to right some of their past wrongs during the January transfer window, bringing in Dani Alves, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Yusuf Demir and Philippe Coutinho also left the club that month.
Xavi managed to turn Barcelona’s season around and they will finish second in La Liga – a prospect which seemed rather unlikely when he took over with them in ninth – but the road back to their glory days has only just begun.
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fabrice romano reports that squad players Riqui Puig, Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza and Samuel Umtiti are on the chopping block and have been put up for sale by Barcelona.
However, Sergi Roberto, who has missed much of this season through injury, has agreed terms to a new contract at Camp Nou. Reports from Spain earlier this month suggested the utility player was ready to take a huge pay cut of up to 50% in order to stay in Catalonia.
Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele remains in talks with PSG and Bayern Munich over a potential free transfer out of Barcelona, while Chelsea will return to the race once their takeover is complete.
This article originally appeared on 90min as Barcelona prepare to offload four fringe players.