Many clubs are planning how to exploit Barca's financial problems to capture some of their best players away from the club. The huge financial debt Barcelona has accumulated has made it difficult to keep their best players at the club.
Barca recently lost two top players, Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann to opposition clubs in the summer transfer window. With the financial situation worsening as the club finds it harder to pay players wages and asking for salary reduction, Barca's chances of retaining key players continue to diminish.
Here are three top European clubs Barca tend to lose their top players to in the coming transfer window:
The French giants have shown their ability to poach top talents from Barcelona. They can pick out Barca's absolute best from the club. PSG showed the world their financial power and appeal when they snatched Neymar from the Catalan club in the 2017 summer transfer window. They signed Neymar for a record-breaking transfer fee of €222 million. That whopping sum of money was initially thought impossible in the football world but PSG shocked everyone and reemphasized the popular saying "anything is possible in football".
PSG continued their power display by further signing Barcelona's best player Lionel Messi for free last summer. This already reaffirms the French giants as a top club that can attract top talent and some of the world's best. The club also has Kylian Mbappe, one of the world's brightest players. Barca might continue to suffer player loss to the Parisians if their situation doesn't improve soon.
The German team has already attracted top Barca talents before such as Thiago Alcantara and most recently Philippe Coutinho on loan. Coutinho went on to punish Barca for losing faith in him during the Bavarian encounter in 2020 when they demolished La Blaugrana 8-2. The Brazilian scored two goals and registered an assist in the match.
Bayern is said to be interested in getting Pedri and Gavi and might just get their wishes if Barca fails to retain them.
There is no secret of Manchester United's interest in Barca winger Ousmane Dembele. For the past two seasons now the winger has been on the plans of the English club but he has thus far refused their advances.
Next season might be easier for the Premier League club to finally get their dream signing as Dembele's contract at Barcelona is coming to an end. He will be a free agent next summer and Barca might be forced to sell him in the January transfer window to prevent a loss if they are unable to agree on a new deal.
How Barcelona navigates this turbulent season and manages to keep their best players from predatory tactics from other clubs remains to be seen.
Barca currently has some of the best potential top players cropping up in the club. With the club unable to give players improved salaries or better deals and competitiveness in winning trophies, the chances of keeping these players continue to be tested.
Can Barcelona keep their current top talents? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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