- The sports management of the Barca club maintains absolute silence around the French central defender and will consider the squad closed with two more defenders
- Despite Chelsea’s discomfort, it is not considered that there is a bad relationship with the ‘blue’ club, and Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have not yet been ruled out, although there are alternatives to both
The technical secretariat and the football management will end their work in the transfer market as soon as the three operations that are considered to be missing are closed: one, very advanced, which is that of the central defender, which will most likely be Kounde, if They close the negotiations with Sevilla and two more defenses. From the technical and managerial leadership of the club, it is considered that the objective was to achieve the best attack in Europe and that objective has already been fulfilled with the signings of Raphinha and Lewandowski. Now the objective of reinforcing the defense remains to be fulfilled.
The Barcelona club maintains absolute discretion regarding the possible signing of Jules Kounde, the central defender that Xavi wants. It is the goal for the central demarcation and it is close after the choice of the Barca footballer ahead of Chelsea, but Sevilla does not give up trying to get the most out of its player and the operation is in that stadium right now: the executives Barcelona are on the subject and do not want more damaging leaks that could torpedo the negotiations.
As for the other two positions, the objectives are two footballers from Chelsa, Azpilicueta, and Marcos Alonso. Although Chelsea is excited because Barca has won the game with Dembele, Raphinha, and, apparently, Kounde, the Barcelona club does not see relations with Chelsea as irreparable. Barcelona hasn’t done anything wrong: it’s the footballers who have preferred the Barca club, which is within its rights to try to sign them, rather than the ‘blue’ club. In any case, there are alternatives to either position.
The ‘exit operation’, halfway
While the signings have been materializing and the restructuring is well done in terms of incorporations, in the exit operation the operations are halfway. The sports management considers that it has resolved the departures of Coutinho, Lenglet (on loan), Griezmann, Trincao, Rey Manaj, Jutgla, and Wague. On the other hand, those of Neto, Umtiti, Mingueza, Riqui Puig, and Braithwite are yet to be specified.
Somewhat different cases are those of Memphis and Frenkie de Jong since they are footballers with a poster in the market and they have offered. It is a matter of them making the decision to accept them to take the exit ramp.
Getting free space in the squad is something very necessary to achieve ‘financial fair play. From the technical secretariat, there is the confidence that before the start of the championship some of these cases may have been resolved and, in any case, the end of the market is still far away: it closes at the end of August.