Joan Laporta has moved swiftly to bring in Eric Garcia, Emerson, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, and are on the verge – they hope – of confirming Lionel Messi’s continuity. Including the Argentine, their first-team squad consists of 32 footballers.
That’s not a sustainable figure. The limit for La Liga is 25, and salary constraints mean that they’re going to need to shift a considerable amount of deadwood before the new season begins.
Jean-Clair Todibo looks close to sealing a move to Nice, while the futures of Carles Alena and Moussa Wague look uncertain. An important tool this summer, given the financial realities of a post-Coronavirus world, could be trades.
There’s been talk about Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele heading to Barcelona in exchange for any – or several – of Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Riyadh Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte, although Dembele’s recent injury threatens that idea.
Inter have also been mentioned; they’re interested in Emerson and Jordi Alba, while Alessandro Baston, Lautaro Martinez, Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Skriniar are of interest to Barcelona. Martin Braithwaite is also attracting attention.