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Barcelona have placed Frenkie de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Sergino Dest on the transfer market ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports from Catalonia. The decision appears to be a knee-jerk reaction in response to Barca’s bitterly disappointing 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in snowy Bavaria that saw them crash out of the Champions League.
Barca are now set to drop into the Europa League having scored just two goals in their six group matches as Benfica qualified for the last 16 in second place.
The result has undone some of the positive work that has taken place in Xavi’s first few weeks at the helm as the team recorded wins over Espanyol and Villarreal.
However, a 1-0 defeat to Real Betis followed up by the one-sided thrashing in Munich has infuriated the new Barcelona boss.
So much so, Barca-based journalist Gerard Romero – as revealed his Twitch stream – claims the club are willing to cash in on underperforming trio De Jong, Ter Stegen and Dest.
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The goalkeeper, in particular, has not been at the required level for some time now after he failed to stop Leroy Sane’s stunning 30-yard drive for the second goal.
The Independent have claimed De Jong is a player United will consider signing, should he become available.
But Xavi has recently denied claims the Dutchman will be placed on the market but that may now have changed.
He said: “Our goal is for Frenkie to be happy here. We desperately need that type of player. He is definitely not in the shop window, rather the opposite. The idea is to make him stronger here.”
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The sad reality for Xavi is that he will now have to sell in order to spend money on improving his squad.
And with Barcelona seriously lacking quality, it could mean he has to make a few sacrifices.
Speaking last night, Xavi conceded that crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages is simply not good enough.
“Bayern dominated us,” he said. “We always want to dominate but it was the opposite here. We must demand more. We’re Barca. This must be a point of inflection to change the dynamic and many more things.
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“This is the Champions League, but this is also our reality. It’s the situation we’re in. I’m angry. This is the reality and it p***es me off. We have to tackle it face on. There’s nothing else for it.
“A new era starts today. We start from zero. Our objective is the Champions League, not the Europa League, but that is our reality now and we have to try and win it.”
Barcelona will now have to play a knockout round play-off in order to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League.
The club could face the likes of Rangers or potentially Leicester and will receive their fate in Monday’s draw.
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