- Discomfort with the transfers that do not move: today there will be 29 first team players on the return to work and there are already ‘left over’ at least four
Barca returns to work today at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despí. It will be at 7:00 p.m. when, after two and a half days of rest after returning from the tour of the United States, a session will begin in which it is possible to visualize a problem that worries Xavi Hernández and his coaching staff: the excess of chips to 10 days of the league premiere against Rayo at the Camp Nou (Saturday, August 13 at 9:00 p.m.).
For the first time in this preseason the new ones will coincide ( Robert Lewandowski, Jules Koundé, Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen ), the ‘resigned’ after finishing their contract ( Ousmane Dembélé and Sergi Roberto ) and the transferable ones who have not yet left despite who were dismissed from the USA Tour ( Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Martin Braithwaite and Neto ), in addition to those who returned on loan ( Iñaki Peña, Miralem Pjanic and Álex Collado ) and those who continue from last season. In total there will be 29 players, four more than the 25 allowed by LaLiga. And with Abde, Alejandro Balde and Pablo Torre , the three who remain from the subsidiary, they will reach 32, at least to train. Impossible to work like this.
Today it will be seen if the club takes any measure to invite the transferable to take the step of leaving, such as training alone in another field of the Ciutat Esportiva or at another time, but legally you have to tread carefully in these cases to Avoid labor complaints. There is discomfort from the ‘staff’ and the sports management with them because most have known since May that they had to find a destination.
Barça could only close the departures of Clèment Lenglet (transfer to Tottenham), Òscar Mingueza (transfer to Celta), Francisco Trincao (deferred sale to Sporting CP), Rey Manaj (transfer to Watford) and Moussa Wague (transfer to HNK Gorica ).
Assuming that the economic ‘levers’ and the salary limits of LaLiga will allow them to sign up Lewandowski, Koundé, Kessie, Christensen, Raphinha, Dembélé and Sergi Roberto , Barça will need at least four more casualties, although the coaches are not usually like to occupy the 25 chips to have more room for maneuver in the markets. In addition, César Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Bernardo Silva can still arrive , who continue to be of interest.
In addition to the four transferable mentioned, Memphis Depay and Álex Collado could also leave understanding that they will count for little. And there is the case of Frenkie de Jong , a necessary sale for the club, but very stuck despite the interest of Manchester United and Chelsea.