It's a difficult time for top-level signings in football. The coronavirus pandemic will force prices down in comparison to how they had spiralled in recent seasons.
And Barcelona will not escape the trend. For that reason, and without dropping their main targets (basically the signing of Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan striker), they are working on their best-negotiating tactics.
The club will look to move on various players involved with the first team or out on loan this summer. In principle, seven players: Semedo, Junior Firpo, Rakitic, Umtiti and Arturo Vidal, in addition to Aleñá and Rafinha, on loan at Betis and Celta respectively.
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They are players that have not been essential this season and that Barça feel are ideal as makeweights for other operations. Especially with Inter for Lautaro, who is their top target.
With a lack of financial muscle, Barça must play their cards well when it comes to negotiating: the seven players that the club will include on the list for possible exchanges have different profiles, ages and contractual situations, but they all have the ability to play for a top team.
Aleñá (22), Junior (23) and Semedo (26) are the youngest and, for that reason, have the most interesting futures ahead of them. The situation with Rakitic and Vidal is similar: both in their 30s and with one year to run on their contracts.
There are concerns about Umtiti's fitness, but the club are confident they can recover the investment they made in him in 2016 (25 million to Lyon).
Beyond that group of seven players, Barça are also ready to listen to offers for other players: Coutinho, but also Dembele and even Griezmann or Arthur in the event that the offers are interesting.