An insight into the most likely January departures from Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona squad has been provided in the Spanish media on Monday.
Torres amongst targets
The subject of incomings and outgoings alike has of course proven a major topic of conversation when it comes to matters at the Camp Nou of late.
This comes as the latest instillation on the Blaugrana’s bench, club legend Xavi, sets about building a squad capable of reestablishing itself at the top of not only Spanish, but European football as a whole.
In turn, a whole host of high-profile stars, particularly in the attacking third, have been tipped to make the move to the Catalan capital during the January transfer window.
The most persistent links have surrounded Manchester City standout Ferran Torres, a player whom club president Joan Laporta has already confirmed has indeed emerged as a winter target:
‘He [Torres] is one of the players we have in our sights, but there are many others. You have to wait and see how everything goes,’ the Barcelona chief explained to TV3.
Dest on the move?
When it comes to potential departures from Catalunya, meanwhile, the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong have all been named as avenues towards raising much-needed funds.
If the latest word stemming from Spain (Diario AS) on Monday is anything to go by, though, then it is in fact another trio of Xavi’s ranks who look best positioned for pastures new following the turn of the year.
The players in question? Sergino Dest, Yusuf Demir and Luuk de Jong.
For those not aware, both Demir and de Jong are currently on loan at the Camp Nou.
The latter’s planned exit should not come as a massive surprise, with the veteran hitman having been brought in as an emergency option by former boss Ronald Koeman, since managing just a solitary goal across ten appearances.
Demir’s loan being cut short marks more surprising news, with the Austrian talent, whilst not exactly setting the world alight, having nevertheless showcased flashes of his undoubted potential across the campaign to date.
Last up comes right-back Dest, with the United States international, having reportedly failed to impress his new boss, opening a pathway to a potentially substantial monetary boost next month.