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Barcelona hoping to sell three defenders in the summer transfer window

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Barcelona’s defensive revolution is well underway as the club, after several windows of targetting players in the wrong positions, is finally looking at centre-backs.

Since last year, the Catalans have been linked with moves for some tremendous players, in the right age category, no less. Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen is one of them, with a switch to La Liga all but official at this point.

Recently, Barça have also been linked with Antonio Rudiger, with Mateu Alemany meeting with the German’s agent on Wednesday.

However, to facilitate these players’ arrival, the club needs to clear out the squad. As such, some players are closer to the exit than others. According to ESPN, Barcelona are hoping to sell three defenders in the summer — Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, and Samuel Umtiti.

Lenglet

Lenglet was the first-choice centre-back at Barcelona alongside Gerard Pique as recently as last season, but that has changed in 2021/22.

The arrival of Eric Garcia has pushed him down to fourth-choice in the pecking order, with Xavi opting to use him in the dying moments to close out games.

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With the arrival of Christensen, and possibly another centre-back, Lenglet will have no place in the team. And at 26, with the World Cup closing in, the Frenchman might want to leave in search of game time elsewhere.

Mingueza

Since breaking into the Barcelona senior team, rather unexpectedly no less, Mingueza has not been seen consistent game time at any point.

He was used in place of the injured Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique last season, but has been struggling on the bench with Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet being preferred over him.

The little he has played, however, is at either right-back or left-back. Leeds United have been quoted with an interest in Mingueza, and he could be used as a bargaining chip if Barcelona push for Raphinha.

Umtiti

In 2018, Umtiti took the decision to prioritise France and the World Cup over potentially his long-term career. It paid off for him, in all fairness, as Les Blues picked up the trophy, but he has not seen the green of the grass in the last three seasons.

The 28-year-old signed an extension with Barça last year to facilitate the registration of new players such as Ferran Torres, but with the risk of getting his contract terminated should he not find a place back in the team.

Unfortunately for Umtiti he suffered a foot injury soon after returning from COVID, and has only returned to group training recently. He will definitely be the hardest player to offload, but at this point, the most urgent one as well.

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