The Catalans know they need to make some improvements after their Madrid beating
The painful defeat by Real Madrid has reaffirmed the need for a second revolution in the squad to be able to compete at the highest level. Barça need to sign proven players, but to do so they will need to sell. The viability plan, which they hope will be approved by La Liga, envisages strong income from transfers and this exit operation has been weeks in the making. The club will listen to offers for many players in the current squad and the sports area and the coaching staff will end up deciding what happens, although the priority is for those who are getting the least minutes to leave.
Barça aims to bring in more than 120 million euros. Some deals are already agreed, such as the forced sale of Trincao and others are on their way, such as the definitive transfer of Lenglet to Tottenham. In fact, the Blaugrana is contemplating that only Abde will return after his loan spell, while they will put the other players on loan on the market. There is a lot of optimism that Umtiti will be sold, even if it is minimal, and players like Nico already have clubs after him. In cases where it is not possible to formalise a definitive exit, they will once again opt for loan deals to save wages.
The income from these departures will not be enough for Barça, which is why they will listen to proposals for players from the current first team squad. The president, Joan Laporta, already warned weeks ago that there would be sales, although he pointed to the players who have less minutes. And in these cases, it is clear that the names of Ferran Torres, Jordi Alba and Ansu Fati are on everyone's lips, but that does not mean that their departure can be taken for granted. Everything will depend on the agreement with the players and, above all, on the arrival of important offers that make the sale viable and profitable for the club.
In the sporting area, the director of football, Mateu Alemany, has been sounding out all the agents of the first team players to find out if they are going to receive offers. They are going to analyse case by case in order to make decisions with the aim of strengthening the club financially and trying to ensure that the team does not lose out financially. It has been clear to the club for weeks that Christensen has the interest of several Premier League teams and we will have to see how it all turns out. Barça are also clear that they could recoup the money invested in Raphinha if necessary.
To be able to sign and to be able to register renewed players such as Gavi, Araujo or predictably Balde, it will be necessary to sell. There is no other option. And at Barca, they are aware that there could be some unwanted departures. Despite everything, there are red lines that they do not want to cross, such as Pedri, Gavi, Araujo or Frenkie de Jong. It looks set to be a very busy summer and Barça hope that the team will emerge much stronger from the summer transfer window.