Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez must ruthlessly eliminate eight players from his first-team roster before the start of the new season.
Barcelona’s season doesn’t start for another week or so, but in order to trim down their first-team roster, they must handle a number of other player departures before the start of the new campaign.
The La Liga heavyweights have been spending during the summer transfer window despite their financial difficulties.
However, the Daily Mirror has revealed that Xavi must offload at least eight players from his first team roster in order to comply with rules as the club faces rising financial difficulties.
This summer, Barca added Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, and Jules Kounde to its roster.
Those five newcomers will be a part of Xavi’s ideal Barcelona squad for the current campaign, which may also feature up to eight newcomers.
However, if the majority of those trades are to be completed, more first-team squad departures are required.
The Catalan club decided not to extend the short-term contract of Dani Alves, who is now a free agent, allowing him to join Tottenham on a season-long loan.
Adama Traore and Luuk de Jong have both completed their loan stints at Camp Nou, and Philippe Coutinho has signed a permanent contract with Aston Villa.
Riqui Puig, a midfielder, also left to join the Los Angeles Galaxy. Oscar Mingueza, a defender, signed as a free agent with Celta Vigo.
And Francisco Trincao, a forward who played for Wolves the previous season, has now joined Sporting CP in Portugal.
Despite having a 33-player first-team roster, Barca is only permitted to register 25 of those players with the authorities.
With players like Marcos Alonso and Bernardo Silva still on their radar, that does not account for the potential for additional arrivals.
There are four goalkeepers on the team, with Neto open to departing the team amid Bournemouth links.
Nine defenders are listed on their roster. They are also hoping to sign two new defenders, with Dest and Umtiti’s futures being mostly in question.
While De Jong’s future is still unknown, the numbers for midfielders are also out of control.
De Jong is reportedly content and at home at Barcelona, having previously referred to his move to the Camp Nou as his “dream move.”
De Jong has thus far refused to accept a pay cut that has been offered to him in order for him to remain with the team.
Barcelona is also hoping that if good offers come in, strikers Martin Braithwaite and Memphis Depay will quit the team.
This week, it was rumoured that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future would be in doubt following a Chelsea offer.
The club will also have to drastically cut their overall wage budget by €160 million. The pay bill currently stands at €560 million, although it should only be €400 million.
In order to get his team ready for the start of their 22/23 La Liga season against Rayo Vallecano next weekend, Xavi now has to work quickly.