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Five players Barcelona want to sell on Xavi’s demand in the summer



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The upcoming summer transfer window later this year will be a huge one for Barcelona.

The Catalans had a positive window in January that saw them bolster their attacking unit significantly. However, there are many more missing pieces of the puzzles that Xavi Hernandez & co. must secure to continue their rebuild at Camp Nou.

But given the club’s financial situation and the wage bill issues, several players will need to be offloaded before the Blaugrana can think of investing in new ones.

And as per a report from Fichajes, the club hierarchy have already prepared a five-man list of players who will be offloaded in the upcoming transfer window.

There are not many surprises on the list, with Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest, Martin Braithwaite, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti touted to be the ones that are deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou for next season.

The case of Roberto is certainly interesting considering there have been reports claiming that Xavi wants Barça to hand him a new contract, with his current one expiring at the end of the season.

However, the 30-year-old is attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester City and could be allowed to leave on a free transfer.

As for Sergino Dest, he has not been able to carve out a place for himself in Xavi’s plans and will be traded in the summer, with Cesar Azpilicueta expected to arrive on a free transfer to take over as the new right-back.

Both Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti have fallen out of favour this season and are well down the pecking order of things at Camp Nou currently. With the Catalan giants planning to bring in at least one new central defender in the summer, their prospects will get even bleaker and an exit makes sense.

Martin Braithwaite, too, has fallen down the order of preference, having been out with injury for a large chunk of the ongoing season. With Barça strengthening their attack significantly, the Dane does not have a spot left in the side and the club want to cash in on him.

Apart from these five players, Ousmane Dembele will also be headed for the exit doors with his contract expiring. At the same time, Luuk de Jong is also likely to depart when his loan spell comes to an end.

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