Barcelona is prepared for clearance sales in the winter transfer window, having seen the exit of 17 players in the just concluded summer transfer.

Barcelona is keen on reducing the wage bill and this means more players need to leave the club, especially the highest earners of the team.

One of the highest earners of the team is Frenkie de Jong, he is not a starter at the club but remains one of the highest earners in the club, for this reason, he is one of the candidates considered for a summer exit but the club failed to reach an agreement with any of his suitors with Manchester United and Chelsea keen on his signature.

The club also wanted to move Jodi Alba on with a late interest from Inter Milan but the defender rejected the offer to remain at Barcelona with his game time also limited at the club.

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The same can be said of Gerard Pique, whom Barcelona would be happy to remove from their wage bill too.

Dutch attacker Memphis Depay wants an exit with a move to Juventus broke down in the last minute, he is keen on leaving when the right offer comes, despite the exit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona still want the exit of the former Manchester United attacker.

Barcelona is aware they won’t be relying on economic levers next summer to get players registered, the only option is to reduce their wage bills.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is prepared to give youngsters the opportunity to excel at the club and thereby control the high wage bill of the club.

Barcelona will aim to cut down their wage bill ahead of next season in a bid to avoid the penalty of Financial Fair Play in the La Liga.


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