How Barcelona could raise €143m warchest for Xavi ahead of January transfer window
New Barcelona manager Xavi will be desperate to build a new squad at Camp Nou but to do that he’ll likely have to sell players first.
The Catalan giants have a debt bill that currently stands at a reported €1.3 billion and if they have any hopes of spending money in the January window, they’ll likely have to sell players first.
However, luckily for Xavi and his new employers, Barca’s squad is full of proven players that were excellent performers at previous clubs before somewhat struggling for form in Spain.
Using the club's latest player values, we've put together a list of the players the club could cash in on in the January window.
Sergio Roberto - €24m/£20m
Perhaps the first player that could be moved on in January is defender Sergio Roberto, who has reportedly resisted any attempts to renew his contract at Barca and could now run the risk of leaving for free in 2023.
Although Roberto is no spring chicken, he is a competent La Liga defender and could demand a decent fee if the club could find a buyer in January. His departure would be no great loss to the next Barca boss.
Eric Garcia - €21m/£18m
Despite only joining the club this year, Eric Garcia has been nothing short of dreadful for the Catalan side and is unlikely to be central to Xavi’s plans going forward.
However, at 20 years of age, Garcia still has time on his side and any hints of potential usually demand a high price in the transfer market. As such, Garcia is currently valued at €23m if the club were to find a buyer in January.
Samuel Umtiti - €12m/£11m
The final defender that Barca should try and sell in the summer is Samuel Umititi. Although the club spent much of the summer window trying to offload the French defender, a cut-down transfer fee of just €14m should entice some clubs in Europe’s top leagues.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen - €51m/£44m
With Ousmane Dembele now likely to miss the rest of the season through injury, Barca may be forced to cash in on another established star and that could come in the form of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
The German shot-stopper has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United in the January window and while Barca may not be too keen on losing their No.1 keeper, an offer of over €55m could be very enticing.
Especially if Xavi has a ready-made replacement in the form of Neto sitting on the bench.
Philippe Coutinho - €35m/£30m
It may be a bit of a running joke in European football that Philippe Countinho is indeed for sale, but that doesn’t change the fact that the club would probably be more than happy to cut their losses with the Brazilian midfielder.
However, Coutinho’s demise has been largely exaggerated by rivals fans and the player could certainly be of use to a number of clubs in England or Europe’s other top leagues. It just depends on whether Barca will be able to get a decent price for the player.