5 players Barcelona want to sell to fund Raheem Sterling transfer

At Barca, Frenkie de Jong is no longer unsellable. Since joining Barcelona from Ajax in the summer of 2019, the midfielder has been one of the team’s star performers.

After assisting in the Dutch club’s run to the UCL semi-finals, Barca beat out Man City and PSG to sign the star for a cost of over £75 million.

De Jong has nine goals and 15 assists in nearly 100 appearances for Barcelona, but he could be available for sale if the club needs to cash in on a star.

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Why? In the position, they have future stars Pedri, Gavi, and Nico Gonzalez, as well as long-term holding midfielder Sergio Busquets.

De Jong has already expressed remorse about his decision not to join the Premier League.

He has said: “I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world. You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions.

“The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League and Europa League

“But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years.

“When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level.”

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2. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Another of Barca’s ‘golden cows,’ who, like De Jong, would have been completely unsellable in prior years, but not anymore.

Unlike the Dutchman, Ter Stegen has had a slight drop in form over the last 18 months; not a significant drop, but a slight reversion from his world-class status.

The German was unable to unseat Manuel Neuer for Germany, and he has frequently been exposed by those in front of him at Barca in key Champions League matches.

Ter Stegen, a big figure who commands his penalty area and his superb delivery, will attract a slew of suitors.

3. Ousmane Dembele

Dembele has had his Barca career derailed by injury issues

Injury problems have slowed Dembele’s progress at Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele, a French forward, is out of contract at Barcelona next summer and could be available at a bargain in January.

Dembele’s future is currently uncertain, and he looks increasingly set to leave the Catalan giants next year, either on a cheap contract in January or as a free agent the following summer.

The 24-year-old has endured an injury-plagued four seasons at the Blaugrana, with only reduced contract offers so far.

Dembele’s current annual pay at the Camp Nou is in the area of £8.4 million, but any offer that would keep him at the club would have to be far lower.

According to reports, Newcastle is interested in Dembele and has already made a contract offer that is substantially higher than what Barca can provide.

Dembele has been sidelined by a hamstring problem after a run of injuries since joining Barcelona for £121 million from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

Dembele is a wide forward who can play on either wing thanks to his two-footed abilities. He can beat opponents and open defences with his technical ability, speed, and agility.

4. Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has started just 12 of the last 50 matches in La Liga for Barcelona

Coutinho has only started 12 of Barcelona’s last 50 La Liga games.

Philippe’s issues at Barcelona have been non-stop since he arrived from Liverpool for a whopping £142 million – a record transfer cost for an English team.

Coutinho has only started four of the Blaugrana’s 16 matches this season, and despite the departure of a number of top players, he remains a minor figure at the club.

The Brazilian is one of the club’s best earners, and they are prioritizing his departure before any other player in the upcoming transfer window.

Coutinho, who is still a fixture in Brazil’s national teams, would be a player to tempt clubs who could afford such a deal – virtually entirely in the Premier League.

During his five-year stint with Liverpool, the playmaker was a standout performer, and he could be back to the Premier League this season.

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5. Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has suffered with knee injuries in recent years

Samuel Umtiti has been plagued by knee ailments in recent years. Samuel Umtiti’s future at the club appears to be grim, as he falls into the same category as Coutinho in terms of being a high-earner but a non-essential squad member.

Umtiti joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2016 and formed a powerful defensive partnership with Gerard Pique, as well as playing a major role in France’s World Cup victory two years later.

Umtiti soon began to suffer from persistent knee ailments, and his lack of consistent fitness caused him to lose his place to Clement Lenglet at both club and international levels.

Last season, he fell further down the pecking order at the Camp Nou, as Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza were both promoted to the first team after performing for the club’s B team.

Despite Barca’s five available substitutions per match restriction, Umtiti started just six games in La Liga and the Champions League last season. He also made just eight substitute appearances.

His injury and fitness history may deter clubs from signing him, but he’s another player who could reclaim his form somewhere.