Barcelona: Barcelona’s problem in the transfer market

There is the hope at Barcelona that several players will depart the club this summer, particularly those on the periphery, but it might not be as easy as they would like.

It is important for the Catalan club that they move on some high earners in order to create some financial wriggle room, as they look to adhere to LaLiga‘s salary cap rules whilst also having the possibility of bringing in some fresh blood.

However, the issue is that some players do not want to take a step down from Barcelona, be that in a sporting or a financial sense.

Already this summer, we have seen several players state their desire to remain at the Camp Nou, even if it means creating a potentially awkward situation down the line.

Braithwaite and Pjanic

This can be seen with both Martin Braithwaite and Miralem Pjanic, for example.

The Danish forward made just five appearances for Barcelona in the 2021/22 season, accumulating a total of 248 minutes on the pitch, and the majority of those came during Ronald Koeman‘s time in charge.

Since Xavi Hernandez was appointed as head coach, Braithwaite has been an afterthought since returning from injury.

Yet, with Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand warning Braithwaite that his place in the World Cup squad is at risk if he is not playing, he may have some tough decisions to make.

Pjanic, meanwhile, believes that he can show Xavi that he has something to offer, having been ostracised during Koeman‘s spell.

While the idea sounds good in principle, Barcelona are already planning on the basis of his sizeable salary being off the wage bill.

Dest

Another player Barcelona are looking to cash in on is Sergino Dest, but he also wants to remain in Catalonia.

The 21-year-old is convinced that he can earn Xavi‘s trust, but if the Blaugrana begin to bring in some other defenders, he may have to reconsider his stance, particularly with the World Cup coming up in November.

Neto

Neto has been linked with a move away from Barcelona for several summers, but he has always stayed put.

The Brazilian goalkeeper will be into the last year of his contract at the Camp Nou, so he may try to hang on for another 12 months and then leave on a free.

Umtiti

Barcelona have been trying to get rid of Samuel Umtiti for years, as his high salary and his lack of availability due to injuries became a massive problem.

The French defender ended up doing Barcelona a favour in January by restructuring his contract, which allowed the club to bring in Ferran Torres, but the deal meant that he is tied to the club on a longer-term basis, albeit on a lower salary.

Umtiti is open to the possibility of leaving, but it depends where. Should no big teams come in for him, there is a good chance that he will still be a Barcelona player next season.

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