Barcelona will look to offload their fringe players in the upcoming days as they look to free up space on the wage bill for new signings in the summer.
However, the Catalans are expected to face several challenges in their bid to get rid of the deadwood from within the squad.
Miralem Pjanic is one such player who Barcelona will be looking to move on before the next season kicks off. The Bosnian midfielder joined the Blaugrana in the summer of 2020 from Juventus, in a convoluted swap deal that saw Arthur Melo move the other way.
However, Pjanic endured a torrid debut season under Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou and was shipped out on loan to Besiktas last summer. The 32-year-old enjoyed a decent season in Turkey but will return to Camp Nou imminently.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez does not see Pjanic as part of his plans for the future and the club will make efforts to move him on so as to get his wages off the books.
However, according to journalist Santi Ovalle, Barcelona might have to keep paying part of his salary even if Pjanic leaves in the summer as he does not wish to forego his high wages.
So, even if Barcelona are successful in offloading Pjanic, they might have to still keep shelling out his wages unless they find a club who are willing to take up the entire salary that he currently earns at Camp Nou, which will be anything but easy.
There have been talks of offering him to Napoli as part of the Kalidou Koulibaly deal. At the same time, Pjanic is also attracting interest from French club Olympique de Marseille.
But neither of the clubs would be in a position to take on Pjanic’s full salary, making things tricky for the Catalans as they look to move on the Bosnian midfielder in the summer.