Barcelona ‘will have to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign two full-backs’
Barcelona will reportedly have to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to bring in two new full-backs before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Catalan outfit have been busy in the current market, adding Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde to their squad.
However, head coach Xavi is still believed to be determined to improve his options at full-back, with a new right-back and left-back wanted before the end of the transfer window.
According to Marca, Barcelona have another €57m (£48m) available to spend before the market closes, but they do not have any space in their wage budget to bring in new players.
The report claims that a departure for Aubameyang would solve the issue, though, and allow the team to bring in a new right-back and left-back before the window slams shut.
A deal for the Portugal international is only allegedly a possibility if Aubameyang, Memphis Depay, Frenkie de Jong, Sergino Dest and Martin Braithwaite all leave before the transfer deadline.
The speculation surrounding De Jong’s future has quietened in recent days, though, with Manchester United believed to have dropped their interest.
Memphis has also seen a move to Juventus break down, while Dest and Braithwaite are seemingly holding firm at Camp Nou despite being informed that they are not in the club’s plans moving forward.
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