Barca exodus not finished, four more players to leave in January

Barca exodus not finished, four more players to leave in January

Yesterday we wrote about Leo Messi's clause that will earn him €33,000,000 next summer regardless of whether he extends his contract. Now, reports from Spain state that the exodus that has been happening in Catalonia is not yet finished and that four more players will leave Nou Camp this January.

Arthur Melo, Nelson Semedo, Carles Perez, Marc Cucurella, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arda Turan, and Rafinha have already left the club in the summer. But that is not all. Four more players are headed for an exit.

The likeliest is the departure of Junior Firpo. The left-back is not in Ronald Koeman's plans and he is bound to leave for Inter or Milan just a year and a half after his €18,000,000 move from Real Betis. His move is expected to be a loan with an obligation to buy, with the fee apparently in the region of €20,000,000 as Betis will earn a percentage of the sale.

While the biggest name of the four is certainly Samuel Umtiti. The World Cup-winning centre-back has been quite injury-prone and Koeman doesn't rate him so he is looking for a loan. Roma and Lyon are interested while it makes sense for Liverpool to pounce on him even though reports expect otherwise.

Matheus Fernandes is most complicated of the four unwanteds having joined only in January for €7,000,000 but the defensive midfielder is going to a "bad buy" section of Barca's transfer history. The 22-year-old Brazilian is making issues with the move having rejected a loan-move to Monaco. Now, he realizes that he will most likely have to move to get playing time and Portuguese and Spanish teams are interested.

The last of the bunch is Martin Braithwaite who was bought outside the transfer window and he is keen on staying but Koeman wants Memphis Depay as a secondary striker or a winger so the striker is unnecessary.

"I don’t follow the news, because I prefer to live my own life and you hear things, but that is not important. This is an enormous club and many things are said, because media know that anything related to Barcelona generates people’s attention but I only focus on what I can control," said Braithwaite.

He is interesting to a number of Premier League sides.


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