The Barça boss has seven players for the two places following the arrival of Íñigo Martínez and the departure of Umtiti
The Blaugrana club continue to work on slashing the payroll and hope Lenglet will be the next to leave the club
The arrival of Íñigo Martínez in the FC Barcelona dressing room will force the exit operation to intensify as Xavi Hernández, the Blaugrana coach, currently has seven players who can fill the two positions in the defensive axis. Not even the departure of Frenchman Samuel Umtiti has put an end to the “overbooking” of the headquarters.
After the departure of Frenchman Samuel Umtiti, who had agreed to terminate his contract, was confirmed this Friday, His compatriot Clément Lenglet follows on the exit, However, it cannot be ruled out that further departures will be determined before the summer transfer market closes. Everything will depend on prospects taking the plunge.
The Uruguayan Ronald Araujo, the Dane Thomas Christensen, the French Jules Koundé They are undeniable to Xavi. In principle, the first two are called up to form the starting pair in the defensive axis, while the Frenchman, although he prefers to play in this position, agrees to play again if necessary, depending on the circumstances and for as long as it takes adjust to right-back Barça cannot rule out hiring a specific raid defender. The Barça boss prefers Jules to Dest or Julián Araujo, two players who are transferable but whose cases will not be easy to solve.
Joker Marcos Alonso
The arrival of Íñigo Martínez and the presence in the squad of a wildcard player like Marcos Alonso, who the Blaugrana coach has also frequently used as a centre-back, put Eric Garcia in a difficult situation when it comes to picking up minutes throughout the season. Everything will depend on whether the Catalan bets on an exit. The coach has already left the door open for him to seek a future away from the Spotify Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana club continue to work on reducing the number of centre-backs. Lenglet’s departure also seems to be on the right track, although an agreement with Tottenham is missing. The player and the London club have, for now, reached an agreement in principle for the next three seasons. The Frenchman has impressed after his year on loan at Tottenham Stadium.