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Exit-linked Barcelona trio will travel to the US with futures yet to be sorted – report



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Barcelona are set to head across the Atlantic on Wednesday, kickstarting their pre-season tour in the United States, where they are slated to play four friendlies.

Ahead of the trip, many of their star players are facing an uncertain future at the club. But in a rather surprising move, Xavi Hernandez has decided to include three players who are uncertain about their future this summer, reports SPORT.

The three players in question are Franck Kessie, Nico Gonzalez, and Clement Lenglet. All of them have been linked with an exit from the club this summer, but Xavi wants them to be a part of the US tour, as long as their future is not resolved.

This is a pivot from last season’s strategy, when the Barça head decided to exclude seven players from the trip to the US, including Samuel Umtiti and Lenglet himself.

There is a possibility at least one of them could even leave Barcelona before the club jets off to the US, though. Kessie, in particular, has become a hot prospect in the market right now, with Juventus reportedly keen on signing him on a season-long loan deal with a purchase option.

Although Kessie favours a move to the Premier League, he is open to the idea of returning to Italy. It will be interesting to see how things progress in the coming days.

Nico, meanwhile, is reportedly closing in on a move to FC Porto. The Portuguese giants are negotiating a loan move for the Barcelona youngster, as part of their plans to reinforce their ranks in the middle of the park.

As for Lenglet, Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing him on a permanent deal. But they are not willing to splash more than €5 million for the defender, which puts Barcelona in a difficult position, as they look to either get rid of the player or vie for a better deal.

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