The upper hierarchy of Barcelona has made one thing absolutely clear ahead of the upcoming January transfer window: there will have to be exits during the winter if the Catalans are to recover and sign any new players themselves.
At the moment, Ronald Koeman already has a couple of players in mind who don’t exactly fit into his plans but according to the latest report from SPORT, both Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña are on their way out of Barcelona too.
It’s still important to note that only a loan deal will be considered. This is due to the fact that the Azulgranas believe both players have a big future at Barça, regardless of their current situation, which is far from ideal.
Koeman believes the midfield area is well covered with the personnel they have so the two youngsters are, unfortunately, surplus to requirement. The good news is that it won’t be an issue finding them good clubs to play for.
Their talent is already well known in Spain and beyond and Barcelona are looking for the best possible option for their La Masia gems. For the moment, we still don’t know where they could go but we do know it won’t be on a permanent transfer.
Official: Barcelona starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv — Carles Aleña starts
Ronald Koeman surprised everyone with his travelling squad that would take on Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four of the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong out of the equation. Following that, several changes have been made to the starting XI, the biggest one being Carles Aleña’s inclusion, who partners Miralem Pjanic in the double pivot.
Sergino Dest takes over the right-back spot following the injury to Sergi Roberto and has been replaced by Junior Firpo. Another huge takeaway is Oscar Mingueza, who starts alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defece. This back-four will guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who takes care of the net in goal.
The front-four is very different as well, with Martin Braithwaite getting his first start of the season. He will lead the line, playing off of Philippe Coutinho as the no. 10. Pedri starts yet another game, playing on the left, while Ousmane Dembele is benched for Fransisco Trincao.
Confirmed Barcelona Lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri; Braithwaite
Riqui Puig does not make the cut for this game, yet again, despite the squad having no more than four central midfielders, one of which was Matheus Fernandes. That said, we might see the fan-favourite youngster come off the bench.
Source: FC Barceona