How FC Barcelona Intends To Balance The Books in 2019/2020

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How FC Barcelona Intends To Balance The Books in 2019/2020

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FC Barcelona must balance the books by next summer and if reports are to be believed, it is only by raising close to $140mn in player sales that this can be done.

The squad given until the 2nd of January to enjoy the holiday season with their families and friends, the turn of the year simultaneously opens the transfer window through which the Blaugrana can offload and reduce their current deficit.

Just who is destined for a Camp Nou exit remains a matter of intrigue, however. Confined to the bench by the arrival of Frenkie de Jong, former midfield staple Ivan Rakitic looked certain to walk at the beginning of 2020 until the wild private life and personal fitness issues of Arthur paved the way for a renaissance from the Croatian resulting in seven consecutive first XI nods.

Linked to the same suitors, Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, Chilean warhorse Arturo Vidal has voiced a preference for more minutes but is deemed vital to the quest for silverware towards the business end of the current campaign. The Nerazzurri banking on a loan deal with an option to purchase permanently at the end of the season, this has been knocked back to pave the way for a rumoured offer of close to $30mn.

A further $11mn or so was on the table for Jean-Clair Todibo from a string of German and English outfits including Bayer Leverkusen and Watford. Yet in a change of heart, Mundo Deportivo has this morning reported that FCB are only keen to loan the budding French defender out and not relieve themselves of his services altogether.

As for Carles Aleña, it is apparently up to the La Masia product himself whether he wishes to join Real Betis temporarily, and with his partner pregnant, the 21-year-old does not wish to leave Spain. Playing just 45 minutes on opening day in the 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao, he has shown his quality in two recent outings against Inter in the Champions League and Alaves on Saturday which were both wins for Ernesto Valverde’s men.

All this suggests then that Barça may opt out of depleting their number and leave it all to the middle of 2020.

The Brazilian’s form rising-dipping-then rising again with a three goal, two assist haul last weekend at Werder Bremen’s expense, club record buy Philippe Coutinho can bring in almost the full required amount alone if Bayern Munich exercise a right-to-buy for $133mn.

Big personalities in the Bavarian dressing room demanding that this is realised, FCB could then risk going back into the minuses by sealing Luis Suarez successor Lautaro Martinez or even Neymar.

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