Barcelona are apparently doing things right. More precisely Joan Laporta (59). In his second term as president, the Catalans should see their second upheaval. According to the Spanish newspaper “Sport”, 17 players are about to leave. The contracts of five players are expiring: Dani Alves, Luuk de Jong, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergi Roberto and Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton) on loan. In addition, there are still numerous players on the strike list. Specifically, these are Memphis Depay, Sergino Dest, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig and Martin Braithwaite.
In addition, four players are expected to return from a loan. But the futures of Philippe Coutinho, Miralem Pjanic, Francisco Trincao and Alex Collado are uncertain. From the Catalans’ point of view, the change is necessary because you have to create space in the squad. The aim is to get players off the payroll in order to be able to sign new players. However, the framework of financial fair play must not be violated.
In addition, Barcelona around President Laporte would need a billion-dollar loan from the Luxembourg investor CVC. Laporta is also considering a possible sale of 49 percent of the club’s own production company Barça Studios. In addition, Barça Licensing and Merchandising is to be partially sold. That’s the only way you’ll be able to sign new stars sooner or later. For weeks there has been speculation about a possible change from Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern. However, a fee of 40 million euros would be due. But he’s not the only player said to be on the Barca president’s wish list. Leeds United’s Rafinha is also said to be very popular with the Catalans. However, the Brazilian right winger still has a contract there until 2024.
Valencia captain Jose Gaya will probably not have enough change either. But Barcelona have already announced two additions. Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie are free transfers. According to “Sport”, Barcelona coach Xavi would like to have every position doubled and with high-quality players. The Catalans are heavily in debt and are currently struggling to catch up both nationally and internationally.