Barcelona must sell €100 million duo in order to register new signings
Barcelona have enjoyed a fruitful June so far, having roped in the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, while renewing the contract of star attacker Ousmane Dembele.
However, according to a report from MARCA, the club could be looking ahead to an uncertain July if they fail to get their act together in the market.
The report suggests the economic levers utilised by Barça, including the sale of the club’s 25% rights to Sixth Street are not enough to help them balance the books ahead of the new season.
There is currently a significant budget deficit in the squad, which has prevented the club from registering new signings including Lewandowski. As such, they must sanction the sale of their star players if they are to complete their squad planning.
With the economic levers not enough to see out the issue, Barcelona are relying heavily on the sale of two Dutchmen, in particular, in the form of Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong. The duo could generate nearly €100 million in sales combined, which could prove to be vital for the club.
De Jong has been training with the team in the ongoing pre-season tour in the United States. However, the club remain determined to offload him, amid interest from Manchester United.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is expected to hold a meet with the former Ajax starlet to seek an arrangement about his future, especially knowing that the midfielder has played a key role in blocking his own exit from Camp Nou.
Depay, meanwhile, has been informed of his diminished role at the club, with Xavi putting out a strong warning to the attacker if he refuses to leave Camp Nou in the ongoing summer transfer window.
The former Manchester United starlet has reportedly rejected Tottenham Hotspur recently, while a return to Old Trafford has been mooted as well.