Barcelona’s 2 Outs, 3 Maybes: Superstars the La Liga Champions Could and Should Sell

Barcelona’s 2 Outs, 3 Maybes: Superstars the La Liga Champions Could and Should Sell

Byron Pillay
updated at March 27, 2024 at 6:40 AM
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  • Barcelona will be looking to sell some of their players to raise funds during the transfer window
  • Bayern Munich are keen to sign Ronald Araujo, despite Barca stating their player is not for sale
  • Ansu Fati has gone from being described as the next Lionel Messi to being described as a flop

Barcelona are no strangers when it comes to financial difficulties.

The Spanish giants have found inventive ways to ensure they don’t fall foul of financial fair play rules over the years, but the most tried and tested method is still selling players.

With the summer transfer window steadily approaching, a few players could leave the side as Barca look to rebuild.

Raphinha is one of two players that Barcelona should sell in the upcoming transfer window.
Raphinha has struggled at Barcelona and the Spanish side should look to sell him in the summer. Image: Eric Alonso.
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Sports Brief looks at three players the club could sell and two they definitely should sell.

Players Barcelona could sell

Ronald Araujo

The Uruguayan defender has become one of the most important players in the La Liga champions' squad, but his success has also attracted other European giants.

Signed in 2018 in a deal worth €1.7 million, Araujo is currently valued at €70 million, but Bayern Munich are willing to pay much more.

Forbes recently reportedthe German giants were willing to pay €100 million for the player, and while the Catalan side are trying to get him to sign a new deal, the price tag he could fetch may be too good to turn down.

Jules Kounde

The French defender has been another key player for the side, but his name continues to be mentioned with a potential exit despite this.

The 25-year-old was signed from Sevilla in 2022 and was a stalwart for the side as they went on to lift the La Liga title.

A versatile player in defence, Kounde has attracted attention from many European sides, including Chelsea. Football London reports the Blues were keen on signing him before and could reignite their interest in him.

Clement Lenglet

A veteran of 160 games for the Spanish side, Lenglet is currently on loan at Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

The defender has made just 22 appearances for Unai Emery’s side but is becoming a regular presence in the team as they push for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot.

Football Espana reports that Barca are confident Villa will agree to buy the player once his loan expires.

There is no option to purchase as part of the loan agreement, but the Spanish side feel that the Frenchman has done enough to secure a permanent move to England.

Players Barcelona should sell


Signed from Leeds United in 2022, big things are expected from Raphinha.

The Brazilian first faced competition from Ousmane Dembele but has largely failed to impress even after the Frenchman moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

Currently, Barcelona have Lamine Yamal operating down the right wing, further limiting Raphinha’s chances of game time.

Al-Hilal are reportedly ready to offer €100 million for his services, and for a cash-strapped club like Barca, they should not turn down such an offer.

Ansu Fati

Once touted as the next Lionel Messi, Fati is struggling to get game time at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Once valued at €80 million, the 21-year-old is only worth €30 million, according to Transfermarkt, and Barcelona should look to cash in while they can.

While he may be on loan at the English side, his chances of returning to the Spanish champions are slim.

Barca are banking on Roberto de Zerbi’s side deciding to make his move a permanent one and won’t say no to some extra funds in their account for a player who doesn’t have a future with them.

Barcelona sell grass to raise funds

Barcelona’s financial difficulties have been well documented, but the club has always stayed afloat through unusual methods.

One of those methods is using ‘economic levers’, such as selling stakes in future LaLiga media rights to generate more funding.

Sports Brief also previously reported on how the club were selling grass from Camp Nou Stadium in a bid to generate income.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.