Barcelona’s mixed season
Barcelona have had a fairly mixed 2020/21 campaign to date.
The Blaugrana endured a very slow start to the La Liga season, which saw Atletico Madrid open up a huge gap at the Spanish top-flight summit.
This gap was eventually closed by Ronald Koeman and co., but it now looks a near certainty that Barca will indeed once again be missing out on the La Liga title, after a costly 3-3 draw with Levante.
Barcelona also crashed out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion yet again, but did pick up their latest Copa del Rey crown in April.
And whilst Koeman must shoulder most of the blame for a failed title challenge and European exit, it must be noted that the club’s squad is fairly unbalanced, and full of players bought for big money who have done very little to justify their price-tags – Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele being the obvious examples.
Such decisions, meanwhile, have resulted in Barcelona racking up a debt reported to be in the region of €1.1 billion.
Barcelona set for clear-out?
If the latest word doing the rounds in Spain is true, though, then the Catalans could undertake something of a clear-out this summer.
According to Mundo Deportivo, up to 14 players could leave the club, with Barca’s priorities said to include reducing their massive wage bill.
Some of the players potentially set for a Camp Nou exit ahead of next season include Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Miralem Pjanic, Martin Braithwaite, Philippe Coutinho and Matheus Fernandes.
Not all players will be sold, however, with MD adding that, in some cases, loan deals will be sought out, ahead of a concerted effort to get wages off the club’s books.
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