Barça works with a maximum of four starts

FC Barcelona has been working on planning for the next season for some time. From the sports area they are clear that before starting to talk about possible reinforcements, the chapter on departures must be closed. In principle, it is not expected that there will be a large number of casualties for this summer. In fact, as AS has learned, the maximum discard bar is set at four, spread over all lines.

In defense, only one exit is contemplated. Everything indicates that the central defender Eric García could be the one sacrificed, especially if the landing of Iñigo Martínez is confirmed, who has reached a verbal agreement with the blaugrana club. The rest of the defenses have the absolute confidence of the coaches, including Jordi Alba, whose contract ends in 2024 and who is assuming his new role within the team flawlessly.

In the midfield, the club is awaiting the final decision of Sergio Busquets. In any case, in principle only one exit is expected and not precisely that of the captain. The only candidate to leave the club this summer would be the young Cantabrian Pablo Torre, and in no case would it be a transfer, but a transfer to a First club. And it is that the technicians are aware that, with their youth, one more year without having minutes would be completely counterproductive in their progression.

Where relevant trading card changes cannot be ruled out is in the attack, especially since the club urgently needs to release the salary mass to be able to face the operations proposed for this summer. Two names appear on the horizon as possible victims: Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.

In the case of the 10 blaugrana, the decision has not yet been made and it continues to be debated internally in a heated way: on the one hand, it is considered that his sale could be an important economic injection for the club, but on the other, his goodbye seems premature, taking into account his youth (21 years old) and the difficulty of finding top-level strikers on the market . The doubts generated by his physical condition, after suffering a two-year ordeal due to injuries, do not help either, for his continuity, although it is also true that if there is one person capable of finding a satisfactory solution for all parties, it is his agent. Jorge Mendes.

In the case of Ferran, his departure raises the problem that his signing would hardly be amortized: in order not to generate losses, it would have to be sold for around 35 million euros, an unthinkable figure right now, especially taking into account its devaluation since he arrived at Barcelona from City. In any case, his departure would be due to an economic rather than a sporting necessity, since the technicians consider him an usable player and a guarantee resource.

Evidently, Apart from these four departures, we must add the loanees that will return to Barcelona this summer and those who will be asked for a new loan, such as Sergiño Dest, Clément Lenglet or Álex Collado. Nico González and Ez Abde are separate cases: the first is a player who is liked, but who is still seen as a bit ‘green’, while the plans with the second call for him to stay in the squad for the next season.

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