Barcelona have managed to consolidate the payroll to some extent and open places for reinforcements. The transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa and the reduction of Samuel Umtiti's salary contributed the most to that.
With the announced departures of Yusuf Demir, Luuk de Jong, goalkeeper Neto and possibly Sergino Dest and Clément Lenglet Barça will open some small space for the arrival of new players. Dani Alves and Ferran Torres have already been registered, and the next reinforcement of Barcelona could be the Brazilian offensive midfielder Oscar.
The former great reinforcement of Chelsea has been playing for five years for the Chinese Shanghai, which he went to because of the huge money at a time when Chinese clubs were enticing the stars with pharaonic offers for contracts.
The Chinese then paid Chelsea 60,000,000 and gave him a brutal contract worth 25,000,000 euros a year, which put him at the very top of the list of the highest-paid players in the world. He later extended that contract under the same conditions until January 2024 and remained among the 15 highest-paid players in world football.
However, the situation in China has changed in recent years. The state banned large investments in football, so an exodus of playing and coaching stars followed.
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Of the more famous names, only Oscar, Marouane Fellaini, and Moussa Dembele remained.
And now it seems that Oscar has decided to end the Chinese episode. His agent (also Coutinho's) Kia Joorabchian offered him to Barcelona. The player is ready to reduce his salary in order to play in the Blaugrana, but it must be very drastic in order to reach the rank of Barcelona's current financial possibilities.
The Catalans have not rejected the idea so far, an offensive midfielder would be welcome, but Xavi asked the sports sector to bring a center forward as a priority. Only if Barça finds a striker and if Oscar agrees to a very small salary, there could be cooperation ...
Of course, provided that the Chinese let him go for free, which should not be a problem considering the savings they would make by removing his names from the payroll. Obviously, Barcelona do not want to give up new players because they really need a lot of players in various positions.
The Barcelona team, although promising, is too young and will hardly be able to achieve any success with the current team. Xavi will decide what he needs