At one point it felt as though the summer transfer window was going to end in disappointment for FC Barcelona. Approaching deadline day, they’d said goodbye to Ousmane Dembele who had elected to move to Paris with PSG, and they’d only welcomed Oriol Romeu, a reliable if unspectacular defensive midfielder who was entering the twilight years of his career.
Fortunately for Barcelona, deadline day saved the window. Felix and Cancelo arrived, and in order to fit within the financial structure of the club, they had to say goodbye to numerous players.
Abde Ezzalzouli headed to Betis on a permanent deal, Ansu Fati headed to Brighton on loan, Eric Garcia headed to Girona on loan and Clement Lenglet moved to Aston Villa.
This is the unfortunate reality we find ourselves in, and according to a report by SPORT, Barcelona will be forced to do the exact same thing for one more summer.
Blame the old presidents, blame the reduced revenue from playing away from Camp Nou, but the reality remains, in order for Barcelona to sign new players, they’ll have to trim the roster to create salary space.
Deco will be forced to listen to any offer for any FC Barcelona player
According to the report in SPORT, Barcelona sporting director Deco will be forced to listen to any offers that arrive for any member of the Barca senior squad.
In an ideal world, Barcelona will be able to facilitate transfers for their fringe players. Guys like Clement Lenglet, Ansu Fati and Sergino Dest, all of whom were deemed surplus to requirements this season by Xavi.
However, all of those players (maybe excluding Fati) were sent on loan because a permanent home couldn’t be found. To receive good offers for fringe players, those players need to do well.
If none of them warrant the kind of transfer fee that Barca need to balance the books, they may be forced to sell someone else, someone like Eric Garcia who’s enjoying an outstanding season on loan at high-flyers Girona.
Xavi wanted Garcia to stay, and everything we’ve heard indicates he’s in the manager’s plans long-term. But unfortunately, the current reality means that difficult decisions have to be made.