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Barcelona’s trades won’t be as easy as Laporta thought

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There is a major issue starting to form at FC Barcelona this summer, the trades won’t be as easy as Joan Laporta initially believed. 

Joan Laporta arrived at FC Barcelona with the intention to make some important trades for players who are no longer considered essential to the club. We can already mention some of these players’ names. First of all, we have people like Ousmane Dembele or Antoine Griezmann. Both French stars perceive an obscene weekly paycheck that few football clubs can actually afford. Josep Maria Bartomeu made sure he would offer them hefty checks in order to convince them that FC Barcelona was the ideal place for them.

The problem lied in the players’ lack of commitment and other external factors that affected their results. Then we have Phil Coutinho, who’s definitely been the club’s biggest flop ever. These three players and another couple who don’t make as much money are currently refusing to leave as trading chips. Laporta’s plan was very simple: lower down the salary gap by making trades for these players in order to bring new blood to the club.

Which players does Barcelona want as trades? 

Starting with Juventus, FC Barcelona might be interested in a trade between Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur. Ronald Koeman doesn’t like the Bosnian midfielder and he obviously wants to leave. However, he is refusing to become a trading chip because he doesn’t want to return to Juventus. Manchester City is another place where FC Barcelona has made their most impressive business this season. They already got Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers.

The good relationship between both clubs can open the door for interesting exchanges but the Barcelona players involved are not happy with this decision. Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele simply won’t agree to leave just like that. Koeman planned to bring either Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, or Aymeric Laporte as part of these trades. None of these deals will be possible if Joan Laporta doesn’t convince the players on his side. The clock is ticking.