Barcelona prepares to offload around 12 players at the end of the season.
Barcelona has had a terrible season, with player injuries, financial problems to problems with the manager and the board, it has been a roller-coaster of a year for the Catalan club. The Blaugrana have been ridiculed with terrible performances from the players the whole season which led them to throw the Copa Del Rey and the La Liga title, possibly leading them to a trophy-less season. The last time this was witnessed was 7 years ago in the 2013-14 season where the Catalans went trophyless.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has been really disappointed with the team this season, saying that they practically handed over the League to Real Madrid. Despite breaking the record for the most assists by a La Liga player in a season, the team has not been even close to as good as they are famed to be. The Argentine has demanded a lot of changes in the club, with the suggestion of adding players and even removing players if he is to continue at the club.
Barcelona, in turn, has placed 12 players on the transfer market as possible departures according to Marca, the likes of which Include Coutinho, Dembele, Umtiti, Semedo, Vidal, and Braithwaite amongst others in the transfer list to gain funds for new potential transfers and have some room to breathe during this economic situation around the World.
The money received, would first go towards the signing of Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. The club has been wanting to sign the Striker for quite some while now but is not able to meet the demands of Inter, who want a fee upwards of 100 million euros.
The potential sale of the 12 players, particularly Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele can fuel the movement for the purchase of quality players, but because of their unsuccessful performances, it is highly unlikely the two are to be sold at even close to the price they were bought at.
The sales and purchases the Catalans will make this season remains to be seen, but if they want a chance to compete with Los Blancos for the league next season, they need to make smart and successful buys which will only happen through showing some players the backdoor.
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