It is no secret that president Joan Laporta andmanager Xavi Hernandez are planning a few bigmoves, especially for a new top-notch centre-forward.
For that to happen, they will need to make room onthe wage bill and generate funds from player sales.
Fringe players like Martin Braithwaite, Samuel Umtitiand Oscar Mingueza are expected to be offloaded atthe end of the season to achieve that.
That is unlikely to be enough for the scale ofbusiness that the Blaugrana are planning.
To that end, some big departures could be on thecards.
Martinez has now claimed that Barcelona areexpecting to get big offers for right-back SerginoDest along with the Dutch duo of Frenkie de Jongand Memphis Depay.
De Jong’s future has become a major topic of debateof late, with fans split over whether to keep hold ofthe Netherlands star or move him on in the summer.
While Barca have not put him up for sale, they willlisten and study any significant offers that come infor the Dutch ace.
As for Depay, the 28year old is likely to fall furtherdown the pecking order at Camp Nou should a newattacker is signed in the summer.
Having already seen his game-time take a hit, theex-Olympique Lyon ace could decide to move on withthe Catalans hoping to get a big offer for him.
Earlier on Tuesday, reports insisted that ManchesterUnited were planning a double swoop for Depay andde Jong and would be willing to shell out €100 millionfor the Barcelona duo.
Regarding Dest’s situation, contrasting reports havebeen doing the rounds in the media for some timenow.
While the 21year old showed signs of improvementin the latter half of the campaign, injuries continue tothwart his development.
With the club likely to invest in a new right-back andextend Sergi Roberto’s contract, there could be noroom for Dest in the squad. The USMNT star hasadmirers in Italy and could fetch a decent sumconsidering his age and potential.
It remains to be seen if Barcelona are able to cash inon the aforementioned trio in order to generate fundsthat can be invested into the squad in the summer.
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