Seven Barcelona players could leave the club as free agents in the summer
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Barcelona are in for a busy period as seven players from their first-team squad could leave the club as free agents.
In the summer, Barcelona brought in seven new players but as the January transfer window approaches, the Camp Nou club are looking to keep hold of some players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the season.
According to Barca Universal, the seven-player long list starts with Netherlands international Memphis Depay, who has been continuously linked with a move away from the club after being deemed surplus to requirements.
Many people are expecting him to be sold in January but it is believed that he could play out his contract in order to earn himself a bigger contract in the summer as a free agent.
Another player with an expiring contract is Marcos Alonso, who only joined the club in the summer after leaving Premier League side Chelsea.
The full-back has made a good impression in his first few months as a Barcelona player and his versatility is another reason why the club want to keep hold of him. An agreement is reportedly close to being finalised.
Sergi Roberto’s time as a Barcelona player looks likely to be coming to end. Despite being the first-choice right-back ahead of Hector Bellerin, it is believed that his contract will not be extended beyond the end of the 22/23 season.
Bellerin is also facing an uncertain future as he has struggled to nail down a place in the team since returning to the Catalan club in the summer.
The Spaniard’s poor luck with injuries has continued to hamper his progress and reports have suggested that Bellerin is adamant to win over Xavi, but it looks like he could be fighting a losing battle.
Barcelona’s club legend and veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets’ contract is also coming to an end in the summer.
Although Xavi wants to keep him at the club, Busquets appears to have made his mind up about moving on in the summer of 2023. It is believed that the Spaniard wants to play in the United States after leaving Barcelona.
Goalkeepers Arnau Tenas and Inaki Pena are both considered as future stars but could be tempted to leave Barcelona in search of regular football.
Barcelona are back in La Liga this weekend as they host local rivals Espanyol.
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