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Barcelona want to offload out-of-favour trio by this week

Barcelona are keen on finalise the exits of their out-of-favour stars before the start of the season this coming Saturday. Getting rid of the players not in Xavi’s plans can come in handy, to a certain extent, with player registration as it would free up space on the wage bill.

Barça have managed to offload several unwanted stars like Clement Lenglet, Neto, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig since the start of the transfer window. And they are now looking to move on Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite and Memphis Depay by the end of the week, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Umtiti has been out of favour at Camp Nou for a long while now, but injuries and his high wages have meant that the Blaugrana have been unable to get rid of him. But, that could change this summer as the player realises that he needs to move on to resurrect his career and has reduced his wages in January.

Umtiti was not even present at Camp Nou on Sunday evening for the team presentation at Camp Nou prior to the Joan Gamper Trophy final against Pumas. A move to French club Rennes fell through, but the centre-back is attracting interest from Turkey and Greece.

As for Braithwaite, the Danish forward is open to leaving, but will only consider doing so if Barcelona pay him his salary for the remainder of his contract duration and release him as a free agent. He is believed to be attracting interest from Saudi Arabia, while clubs in La Liga are also keen.

Depay, too, has accepted the fact that he might have to leave just a year after joining Barça as a free agent. The Dutchman has been stripped of the No. 9 jersey, which has been handed to Robert Lewandowski, with the club informing the 28-year-old to find a new club

Depay’s lawyers held a meeting with club officials last week to negotiate an exit and it has been claimed that the Netherlands star would consider leaving only as a free agent despite having a year left on his contract.

There is no shortage of interest in him, with Juventus, Everton, and Tottenham Hotspur among the forward’s suitors. What remains to be seen is whether Barcelona are willing to let him depart as a free agent by terminating his contract.





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