Barcelona is said to have already strengthened their midfield ahead of the 2022-23 season by signing AC Milan’s soon-to-be free agent Franck Kessie.
The Ivorian has finished a physical, signed a four-year deal, and will earn roughly €6.5 million per year at the Camp Nou, according to reports.
With the addition of Kessie, Barcelona will have an overabundance of midfielders, necessitating departures throughout the summer.
Of course, there are certain names we can rule out: Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri, as well as Nico Gonzalez and Gavi, all appear to be safe bets.
All of this leaves three players, starting with Riqui Puig, who appear to be on the verge of leaving this summer.
The 22-year-old has just made one La Liga start this season and has conceded that he isn’t getting enough playing time at the Camp Nou. A transfer elsewhere appears to be the only option to prevent another season on the bench.
Puig isn’t the only native Catalan who may be leaving the Camp Nou. Sergi Roberto’s future is also looking bleak, with the veteran’s contract expiring at the conclusion of the season.
Atletico Madrid, MLS, and Premier League teams have all expressed interest, but talk of resuming contract extension talks with Barcelona has died away. Roberto entered La Masia when he was 14 years old, but his time there looks to be coming to an end.
Miralem Pjanic appears to be the third midfielder to go. The former Juventus player is presently on loan at Besiktas and has stated that he enjoys his time there and would want to stay.
Pjanic accepted a wage cut before leaving, although he is still under contract with Barcelona until 2023-24. Barca may be looking to unload the 31-year-old this summer, but recent reports suggest Pjanic may return to Besiktas for another season in 2022-23.