Barça's immediate priority is moving on more first-team players

Umtiti, De Jong, Memphis and Dest are all in the shop window this month

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Jordi Gil

Philippe Coutinho and Yusuf Demir's departures shouldn't be the only Barcelona exits this month. Director of football Mateu Alemany is working on three other operations.

The club need to continue reducing the wage bill to afford new signings and to make room for them in the first-team squad -- and for the B team players they want to promote, like Gavi, Nico and Abde.

The main player Barça are working on is Samuel Umtiti. Despite renewing his contract until 2026 in an operation to help the club financially, the defender does not have a future in the team under Xavi Hernandez. The best example of that could be seen in the Supercopa semifinal, when he did not even make the bench.

Barça would be happy to find a loan until the summer, to free them of his salary, which is now lower, making him more attainable for other clubs.

Another name on the exit ramp is Luuk de Jong. His agents are looking for a new home for the striker this month. His situation is different to Umtiti's, especially given his form -- three goals in three games. Xavi's open to him staying if nothing else works out.

Two other players, Memphis Depay and Sergiño Dest, could also leave. They're players with good reputations and interest. At the start of the season, they were tipped to have big roles at Barça, but their influence has dipped.

Memphis could be hampered by the signing of Ferran Torres and the return of Ansu Fati. The Dutchman has been linked with Juventus in a deal that could also include Alvaro Morata coming the other way. Dest, meanwhile, has been affected by the arrival of Dani Alves.



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