Barcelona have gotten some key business done in the transfer market so far, with the signings of Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, while they also re-signed Ousmane Dembele. On top of that, the Blaugrana are on the verge of bringing in Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
The Catalans will need to focus on the outgoings now as they need to free up space on their wage bill to accommodate the new signings and register them successfully before the new season kicks off.
Barça have already gotten rid of Rey Manaj, Moussa Wague, Francisco Trincao and Clement Lenglet, but there are plenty of other unwanted players who need to be shown the doors at the earliest.
And Mundo Deportivo reports that player exits will be Barcelona’s key focus once they return from their pre-season tour of the USA. The Blaugrana will look to clear out as many as seven footballers.
Of the seven players, five are those who had been left out of the pre-season tour – Riqui Puig, Martin Braithwaite, Neto, Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza.
Among the quintet, Mingueza has been attracting serious interest and could soon depart as Barça have decided to lower his price tag.
Neto has also been courting interest from Napoli and Fulham and could soon find his way out of Camp Nou, clearing the pathway for Inaki Pena to become the second-choice goalkeeper at Barcelona.
As for Umtiti, Braithwaite and Puig, Barça need to find suitors, especially for the French defender, whose move to France recently collapsed.
Apart from those five players, Barcelona will also look to offload Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, with reports claiming that the Dutch duo’s exit will be key to clearing a lot of space on the wage bill.
De Jong is on the radars of Manchester United, but has refused to leave the club. As for Depay, he is more open to an exit, amidst interest from clubs in England and Italy.
It remains to be seen how successful Barça are in their efforts to get the unwanted players off the books.