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Xavi takes out the ax and cuts off three heads: Barcelona’s 2022-23 blacklist takes shape

Xavi Hernandez He is very focused on finishing the 2021-22 season in the best possible way. It is true, the azulgranas no longer aspire to the title of LaLiga Santanderbut the chances of reaching the next Champions League are still intact. The one from Terrasa has been doing things well this season. However, he already sees the next one out of the corner of his eye. Along these lines, according to the Spanish portal ‘Fichajes.net’, the Catalan team’s coach has begun to draw up a list of players that he does not plan to have in 2022-23. At the moment, these are three defenders who do not fit into his plans.

The first of Xavi’s dismissals, according to the aforementioned source, would be nothing less than Samuel Umtiti. Despite the fact that his contract was renewed until mid-2026, the French central defender has no chance to continue at Barça with Hernández on the bench.

From the presidency of Barcelona they would seek to give up or definitely sell the world champion in Russia in 2018. The problem for the Catalans is that the Frenchman does not want to move and there are no clubs seriously interested in his services.

Samuel Umtiti does not enter into Xavi Hernández’s plans. (Photo: Reuters)

Another player who would have his hours counted in Barcelona would be nothing less than Clement Lenglet. Absolutely nothing remains of that cracks in defense who came to establish himself as one of the best in his position. At Camp Nou there is an urgency to sell it.

With a contract until 2026, Lenglet has already begun to sound outside of Barcelona since last year. Sevilla could take him back to cover the gap that the Frenchman Jules Koundé will leave with his departure in the next summer transfer market.

Clement Lenglet is on the FC Barcelona transferable list.  (Photo: Getty)
Clement Lenglet is on the FC Barcelona transferable list. (Photo: Getty)

Oscar Mingueza I would run with the same fate as Umtiti and Lenglet. The Barça squad has been in low hours for several months, a fact that pushes Xavi Hernández to get rid of him in the summer, something that was close to happening in the last transfer market.

Mingueza could be transferred to Valencia until the end of the season, but the negotiations broke down. The one from Santa Perpetua de Moguda, valued at 9 million euros, has a contract with the LaLiga Santander team until June 30, 2023.

The idea of President Joan Laporta happens to save the chips of the aforementioned players, especially of Umtiti and Lenglet. Although they are not taken into account by the coach, they enjoy good salaries in the midst of a critical financial situation of the Barcelona institution.

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