Barcelona Transfer news

A brief look at Barcelona’s pending exits

Barcelona's Martin Braithwaite celebrating his first goal in Barcelona colors, against Mallorca / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
Barcelona celebrating a goal against Mallorca / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

Apart from Luis Suárez, there are several players on FC Barcelona’s exit list which the club hopes to fulfill.

Ronald Koeman has given some clear signals to some players in his first squad selection. Players like Arturo Vidal, Rafinha, Wagué, and Matheus Fernandes were not called up. Apart from them, Umtiti and Todibo, who just recovered from COVID-19 do not enter the Dutch coach’s plans.

Arturo Vidal: Deal almost done with Inter Milan.
According to RAC1’s Gerard Romero, both the clubs are in the final stages of reaching an agreement and hope to close the deal today by finalizing the details of the transfer. Barcelona is trying to include a small fee + variables in the deal, very similar to the Rakitic’s. The player is expected to arrive in Milan tonight and give the medical examination tomorrow.

According to Mundo Deporttivo, Arturo Vidal will give up on the salary of the last year of his contract in order to facilitate his transfer.

Rafinha: Barcelona does not want to lower his price below 16 million euros.
Barcelona remains firm on its decision to sell Rafinha between 15 to 16 million euros but the situation may change if there are no clubs ready to match that price range. The Player wants to join a Premier League club as he wants to play in the same League as his brother Thiago, who is linked with a move to Liverpool but no firm offer has arrived for him. Everton, West Ham, and some more teams have inquired about him but no official offer has been made. His contract with Barcelona runs out next year.

Moussa Wagué: Koeman not convinced with his performance in training.
Sergi Roberto and Semedo are Koeman’s preferred right backs as the Senegalese has not managed to convince the new coach. The player returned from Nice, where he was on loan for one season but in the end the French club did not activate the 10 million euros buyout option. Barcelona wants to sell him but there is neither an offer nor an interest from any club yet as the Catalan club is looking towards the French market as its best bet for any possible deal.

Matheus Fernandes: Could be sold without being presented as a new player.
Barça looks to gain economic benefits by selling the newly signed player but it will be difficult as there has hardly been any interest for the player. Koeman has made it clear that he doesn’t count on him.

Umtiti: Open to leave but the operation could be difficult.
The most complicated exit on the list is of Samuel Umtiti, The French defender, whose contract expires in 2023, has difficulties of making an exit from Barcelona due to his knee injury and his high salary acting as major barriers to any possible deal. Although, a possible return back to his former club Lyon is not yet ruled out.

Todibo: One of the players who could be sold with ease.
The French defender has a huge market available as clubs like Everton, Leicester, Benfica, Marseille, Wolverhampton, etc have all shown interest. The Frenchman could enter into operation, such as that of Memphis Depay, but Barça has priced him at about 20-25 million euros, which makes it difficult for the clubs to match the price. Barcelona wants to sign Eric García, although Araújo has convinced the new coach and is expected to be promoted to the first-team.