Barça get to work on 'Operation Exit' to make room for new signings

Barça get to work on 'Operation Exit' to make room for new signings

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The Catalan club need to move on several players to reduce the wage bill this summer

After the signings of Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson, plus the deal in place but not yet closed for Memphis Depay, it's now time for Barcelona to move players on.

Barça need to reduce their wage bill to make room for the new signings. They also need to bring in as much money as possible.

There is time but with Euro 2020 coming up, the club are having to work hard now because things will slow down then the tournament gets underway this weekend.


Carles Aleña is one of the players Barça will sell. He's failed to make his mark at Camp Nou and after loan spells with Real Betis and Getafe he is now ready to leave on a permanent.

Premier League side Wolverhampton are interested in the 23-year-old. They have done business with Barça before, signing Nelson Semedo last year.

Aleña is available for around €8 million and Valencia, Granada and Getafe are also in the running to sell him. Barça will not consider a loan as his contract expires in 2022.


Martin Braithwaite recently expressed a desire to stay at Camp Nou. He is convinced that he can keep on providing solutions as a squad player. The problem is Barça don't think the same.

In fact, a few days ago the player's agents met with the club to share their impressions. The intention is to find an exit that is beneficial for everyone. The only thing Braithwaite's requested is that he's left to focus on Euro 2020 with Denmark. In that sense, Barça are in no rush.

He could even bring more clubs to the table with good performances at the finals.


Junior Firpo has drawn interest from Italian sides Milan and Inter. The problem is they want him on loan, which is not ideal for Barça. The idea, therefore, is to listen to the English market. Southampton and West Ham have been linked.


Miralem Pjanic has had a season to forget and feels he made a mistake signing last summer. Therefore, he's open to a return to Juventus, where Allegri has returned as coach.


Matheus, Umtiti and Coutinho have all been made for sale. For the Matheus, there are no offers, while Umtiti doesn't want to go and his salary is difficult for buyers to take on. Coutinho will not make a decision until he's recovered from an injury.

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