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Fati, Kessie, Torres: Barcelona set for massive summer clear-out


Fati, Kessie, Torres: Barcelona set for massive summer clear-out
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Barcelona are set to undergo a squad overhaul in the summer transfer window, as they work to comply with regulations amid financial instability over recent years.


Barca have an interesting, yet very hectic, summer ahead of them, as they need to reduce the wage bill by more than €200 million, prompting a number of players being put on the transfer list.


However, aside from the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Ez Abde, Clement Lenglet, and Nico Gonzalez, who have all been for sale for quite a few months now, with their futures looking set for moves away from the Camp Nou, there are also a wide array of first-team players who could be set to leave unexpectedly.


According to Marca reporter Luis Rojo, 'several' players will leave the club this summer, most notably Ansu Fati, Franck Kessie, Eric Garcia, and Ferran Torres.


Fati has struggled to nail down a starting spot this season, which has only prompted him to have a troubling time in terms of form, scoring just seven goals and providing three assists in 45 appearances in all competitions.


This has also been the case for Franck Kessie, who arrived on a free transfer from AC Milan only last summer, yet has seen minutes extremely limited, with Xavi preferring the likes of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, and Gavi to the Ivorian.


Eric Garcia hasn't been getting the minutes he had hoped for when he joined from Manchester City either, and is poised to leave the club, especially with links to Inigo Martinez as a potential summer arrival.


Ferran Torres comes as probably the most surprising of the bunch, as the Spaniard is seemingly enjoying a rich vein of form, scoring twice and providing an assist in his last three La Liga starts. However, as is the case with many of the others mentioned here, his appearances, albeit 40 in total, have mostly come from off the bench.


Additionally, Rojo also mentions that promising 21-year-old Abde Ezzalzouli, who has featured in 29 games this season while on loan at Osasuna, will only leave Barcelona if a 'very good offer' comes in for him this summer.


Barca have already sealed a number of contract extensions with lower wages to various first-team players, yet Xavi also needs to do a lot of planning in terms of who he wants to keep and who he wants to allow to leave next summer.


There have been several rumours linking with Lionel Messi with a potential return to the club, but given the precarious financial situation, down to various reasons, they will be in desperate need of offloading players before thinking of pursuing such a move.

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