Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez insists no player must leave the club in the coming months, but not everyone at Camp Nou agrees
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has been on a collision course with the club over his plans to release several big-name players this year.
The coach is already at odds with Barça’s plans to replace long-time midfielder Sergio Busquets at the end of the season. Barca president Joan Laporta is pushing for the club to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves as the supreme club shares a close relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes.
However, Xavi prefers Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, while the club’s sporting directorate is not convinced a new signing is necessary for the role, as they believe Frenkie de Jong can fill that role – but Xavi disagrees.
Chelsea, who have completed the signing of João Félix on loan, are likely to create another dilemma for the club, with Atlético Madrid actively pushing to sign Barca striker Memphis Depay as a replacement for the Portuguese star until the end of the season.
Last week, Barca manager Xavi ruled out any first-team departure from Camp Nou in January, telling the press: “I don’t want Memphis [Depay] or any other player to leave in January. Quiet window for us.”
New reports from Spanish TV show El Chiringuito describe how another three first-team strikers are up for sale this year amid the club’s ongoing financial struggles – which have been well documented. Barça must cut their current payroll from €600m to €400m next season to comply with La Liga’s strict financial rules.
The report stated that not only is Memphis available to leave the club, but so are three other forwards, including two who joined big mooooooooney deals last year. Ferran Torres and Raphinha – signed from Manchester City and Leeds respectively – along with Ansu Fati.
The three players would have a market value that would receive transfer fees that would help alleviate the club’s financial problems while at the same time reducing the wage bill. Unlike that trio, Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele would have been classified as “non-transferable” to Barça because they are more important to the team.
The availability of these players is likely to put clubs across Europe on notice, although it is more likely that Barça will not consider their departures until the summer transfer window as they fight for the La Liga title alongside their European Cup and Liga commitments. Copa del Rey. .