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arrivals, departures, official transfers… The complete point

Plenty of tracks and often prestigious but nothing concrete: FC Barcelona is going through a paradoxical start to the transfer window. Arrivals, departures, formalizations: here is the point on the transfers already registered or to come for Barça.

It’s already official

For the time being, the FC Barcelona transfer window has been limited to a single official arrival: that of the nugget Pablo Torre (19 years old) from Racing Santander. Recruited for 4 years, the attacking midfielder cost 5 million euros plus 15 million euros in bonuses and will initially evolve with the reserve.

At the end of the contract, the right side or midfielder Sergi Roberto, meanwhile, extended his contract for one year, until June 2023, and will therefore remain at the club.

On the departure side, veteran Dani Alves (39) was not extended 6 months after being repatriated and he said his goodbyes. At the same time, the Catalan club finally got rid of its flop Philippe Coutinho since Aston Villa paid 20 M€ to recruit the attacking midfielder definitively at the end of his loan.

Two recruits waiting

Financially limited, FC Barcelona has already signed an agreement with two free players who are good deals: on the one hand central defender Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), on the other hand midfielder Franck Kessié (AC Milan ). Due to the financial rules in force in La Liga, the Catalan club has not yet been able to formalize these arrivals.

Why the transfer window of Barça drags so much

This is once again the big black spot of this start of the transfer window in Catalonia: entangled in their financial problems, the Blaugrana must wait to concretize their tracks. To remedy this, the socios recently authorized the sale of part of BLM (Barça Licensing and Merchandising), the company in charge of commercial exploitation, and part of the club’s TV rights, which will allow raise funds. It will also be necessary to make savings on wages and to make sales, which brings us to the key to this beginning of the Barça transfer window: Frenkie de Jong.

The sale of Frenkie de Jong to unlock the Barça transfer window?

Indisputable holder, the midfielder initially did not necessarily represent a candidate for departure. Except that due to the interest of Manchester United and their ex-Ajax Amsterdam coach, Erik ten Hag, coupled with Barca’s financial problems, the financial aspect has clearly taken over sportingly and a departure now seems to be in the pipeline for the Dutchman.

Eager to pocket 85 M€, the Catalans have refused MU’s first offerestimated at €60m plus €10m in bonuses, but the Red Devils continue to push and common ground could be found for just over €65m, which would be a real breath of fresh air and allow launch the Barça transfer window.

Tantalizing tracks in all lines

Because, indeed, the Blaugrana are not lacking in attractive tracks this summer. The most attractive obviously concerns Robert Lewandowski. One year from the end of his contract, the attacker wants to leave Bayern Munich and makes FC Barcelona his priority. Only, Barça does not have the means to satisfy the demands of the German cador, who is waiting 60 M€ for the Pole and who refused the first two Catalan offers: €32m then €35m (+€5m in bonuses). Meanwhile, PSG, MU and Chelsea are trying to invite themselves into the race for the striker… This is why other less expensive avenues are being studied, including the surprising one leading to the return of Luis Suarez, free, who would have declined .

In defense, hope is growing for the axial Jules Koundé (FC Sevilla) following the brake on Chelsea in this case. Once again, the vice-champion of Spain will however have to work to bring together the 65 M€ claimed by the Andalusians for the French international… On the right side, Barça dreams of César Azpilicueta, at the end of the contract in a year at Chelsea and who seems very motivated to return to Spain, while the name of another Blue, Marcos Alonso, circulates on the left to compete with Jordi Alba.

At environmentin addition to Kessié, coach Xavi dreams of striking a blow by attracting Bernardo Silva, possible starting at Manchester City. But it is hard to see how the Catalans could raise the 93 M€ required by the Skyblues for the Portuguese attacking midfielder… More financially accessible and also a candidate for departure with the Citizens, Ilkay Gündogan, is meanwhile cited as a possible plan B.

The last major project finally leads to the post ofwinger. In this sector, the names of Angel Di Maria (free after leaving PSG) and Raphinha (Leeds) circulate a lot. Tired of waiting for a sign from Barça, the Argentinian however seems to be getting closer to Juventus Turin, while the Brazilian has come to an agreement for several months with the residents of Camp Nou but is now waiting for them to send an offer to his club, which claims 50 M€. Despite the loyalty of the former Rennais, time is against the Blaugrana since Arsenal interfered in this file with the firm intention of getting ahead of them.

For its part, however, the Catalan club should not rush. Firstly because he doesn’t have the money for it and then because the priority for this winger position is called … Ousmane Dembélé. While a free start at the end of his contract seemed to be confirmed, all hope may not be lost and Xavi is personally trying to convince the Frenchman to re-enlist. However, his salary demands continue to pose a problem and therefore make this file completely undecided.

A big degreasing expected

Departure radius, winger Adama Traoré will not be retained at the end of his loan from Wolverhampton and the same will be true for striker Luuk de Jong, who will return to Sevilla FC. Conversely, among the loan returns, midfielder Miralem Pjanic is invited to look elsewhere, while the situation of winger Francisco Trincão, who has returned from Wolverhampton, is more vague and partly linked to Dembélé.

It clearly feels like the end, however, for centre-backs Samuel Umtiti and Clément Lenglet, listed among the undesirables alongside Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig and Martin Braithwaite. Failed by his training club Lyon, Umtiti could bounce back at promoted Girona, while Lenglet pleases Tottenham. A departure of young winger Ez Abde cannot be ruled out either, while striker Memphis Depay, out of contract in June 2023, will have to extend or ideally pack his bags.

A priori, no sudden departure is to be feared since the prodigy Gavi, under contract until June 2023 and endowed with a release clause of 50 M € not very dissuasive, is about to extend with a clause which will increase to 1 billion euros.


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