Elevens were not bad: Semedo, Todibo, Umtiti and Junior over, for goalkeeper Neto; Vidal, Rakitic and Rafinha or Alena in midfield; with Dembele, Braithwaite and Coutinho in the front.
That was the ‘team for sale’ from Barcelona that Marca published on Friday. It’s no secret that almost everyone is up for grabs at the right price as Barcelona braces for the effects of the post-Corona virus financial crisis.
It’s also no secret that the club knows it won’t be easy to move their belongings. Sports email see where the players can go and how much they can increase.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper arrived last summer in one of those increasingly common place swap deals that don’t seem to be swap deals. He came from Valencia for £ 24 million (€ 26 million) and Jasper Cillessen went the other way for £ 32 million (€ 35 million).
It’s hard to see that there is a lot of market for him after only playing two games all season and when he leaves Barcelona should be drawing a new number two. Marc Andre ter Stegen has still not signed a new deal. He would make money in the Barcelona market. His departure is unlikely, but nothing can be excluded in these strange times.
Neto has barely played for Barcelona since joining and would not have a huge line of worshipers
Barcelona wants him to go to City with Joao Cancelo and Eric Garcia coming the other way. They judge Semedo, but if he can be traded in for two players, it makes sense.
If the deal doesn’t happen because City doesn’t want to lose Garcia or want Semedo, the player will likely stay with a new contract that will extend their current deal until 2022.
An exchange agreement between Nelson Semedo and Manchester City is attractive to the Spanish giants
Barcelona was interested in selling Umititi last summer, but interest from clubs like Arsenal never got serious enough to close a deal.
Now 12 months later and after only 13 starts, they will have similar problems with moving a player who is as good as any central defender in Europe when fit but who has had injury problems for several seasons.
The player is not interested in leaving and has a contract until 2023. That makes it difficult for Barcelona to fire him.
Central defender Samuel Umtiti is not interested in leaving and has a contract until 2023
Still only 20 Todibo seem like a huge talent and that is why Barcelona wants £ 22 million (€ 25 million) for him. Rennes is currently best placed to take him with them, but they won’t be able to afford that much and when other quality defenders are available at half the price – Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu – Barcelona will have to drop their appreciation.
Everton has also expressed interest in the defender being sent on a loan to Schalke in January, well begun to be delayed only by physical problems and the three-month hiatus from the pandemic.
Only 20, Todibo seems like a huge talent and that’s why Barcelona wants £ 22 million (€ 25 million)
The £ 18 million acquisition of Betis last summer will be moved if he can bring in the kind of money he has cost. Barcelona looked to Ryan Sessegnon of Tottenham and the possibility of an exchange where Spurs would also pay around £ 13 million (€ 15 million).
Tottenham isn’t interested in swapping one raw but promising young left back for another and paying £ 13 million for the privilege.
Barca fought the interest of Liverpool, among others, to bring Junior Firpo to the Nou Camp
Messi loves Vidal, so that is the first obstacle to sell him. The second is his age. At the age of 33, no one in the current climate pays the £ 16 million (€ 18 million) that Barcelona Bayern Munich has paid for him.
Interest from Italy has waned, but Barcelona still has some hope that they could let him join a deal that will take Lautaro Martinez to the Nou Camp.
Arturo Vidal has the advantage of being good friends with Lionel Messi, but Barca wants to get rid of it
Sevilla would like to take Rakitic back and the 32-year-old has made no secret of ever wanting to return.
The fact that his contract will expire in 2021 could encourage Barcelona to make possible the deal for Seville who have just lost Ever Banega to Saudi Arabia and need to hire an experienced midfield replacement.
Backed by guaranteed Champions League money, the two sides can come face to face.
Ivan Rakitic is now 32 and has made no secret of his desire to return to his former club, Sevilla
The idea was that Alena would go on loan to Betis in January and help them enter Europe to increase its own market value.
Betis eventually came closer to a relegation scrap than a late indictment for Europe, and Alena struggled to get into the team.
New Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini may be interested in extending the loan until next season. Barcelona really needs to let him play – on loan with them or elsewhere – before they can even consider selling it for a good price.
A move to Real Betis would kick-start Carles Alena, but seems to have failed
Celta Vigo had loaned it last season and wanted to make a final deal. Barcelona had estimated him at £ 13 million (€ 15 million), but after failing to clear a relegation – the team nearly went down on the last day – Celta will feel they are closer to £ 9 million (€ 10 million). Barcelona takes that.
Celta Vigo had Rafinha on loan last season and wanted to make a final deal
All the noises coming from the club are that the 23-year-old who played just five games last season is not going anywhere. The problem for Barcelona is that they paid an initial fee of £ 105 million for the winger, which has increased to £ 120 million through add-ons.
No club would now come close to that evaluation. Hoping Paris Saint-Germain would have fun so Neymar and Dembele could switch places is a wish from Barca’s side, as well as suggestions that Jurgen Klopp is interested.
Chances are, Dembele will start his fourth season with the club with the promise to finally fulfill his potential.
Barca paid £ 105 million for Ousmane Dembele, rising to £ 120 million, which will be hard to recoup
The Danish striker never had enough candidates in England: Crystal Palace Brighton, Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton all showed interest in the past. He’s never been out of place during his short stay in Barcelona, so there will be buyers again this summer, although Barcelona will be lucky enough to find someone willing to pay the £ 16 million they paid him last February.
Danish striker Martin Braithwaite has repeatedly caught the attention of the Premier League
Still with a long contract in Barcelona (2023), they would sell if a club offered anywhere from £ 80 million.
Bayern Munich chose not to accept the £ 110 (€ 120 million) purchase option after its loan period in the Bundesliga.
Tottenham was interested last summer and it was Mauricio Pochettino more than Daniel Levy who was keen to revive interest when Pochettino goes to a club this summer with money.
Philippe Coutinho is in limbo after Bayern Munich refused to take a hefty buy option