The Mingueza paradigm to explain the departure of Barça

BarcelonaThe exit operation is the Achilles heel of every season when the market windows open at Barça, especially in the summer. Xavi Hernández has already informed a number of players that he did not have them and has given them carte blanche so that they can negotiate their departure, although the team, since this Monday, has already returned to work. Each case is different, especially in terms of salary conditions and ambitions, but they all share the same common denominator: they have a contract in force and this allows them to have the upper hand when deciding their future. The first measure of strength that Xavi has taken is to leave out of training the players he does not have, a strategy that has been respected by Clément Lenglet, Óscar Mingueza, Samuel Umtiti, Rey Manaj and Moussa Wagué. The Egar coach does not have Neto or Riqui Puig either, although they have decided on their own to appear in the first pre-season training sessions.

These are not the only players who will probably not continue in Barça’s discipline, but those with whom both Xavi and the club have been more direct to speed up the exit. But the deadlines the club would like to work with in many cases do not fit timings which are handled by the players and their representatives. Cutting contracts unilaterally, as was done last year with the Brazilian Matheus Fernandes, and ending up in court, is a formula that the entity will save at all costs. Ending contracts by means of letters of release is also not a desired option, although it is not ruled out to study it as a last resort in entrenched and difficult-to-resolve cases, such as that of Samuel Umtiti.

In the desired scenario the club is working on is in regular transactions, be it assignments to save wages or transfers to scratch some income. In this sense, the Barça entity appeals to the will of the footballers who have assumed that it is necessary to leave Barcelona to have more minutes. As is the case of Clément Lenglet, in advanced negotiations with Tottenham to seal his transfer to the London team, despite the fact that the battlehorse remains what percentage of the salary will continue to assume Barça. From around the French center they assure ARA that the player is satisfied with leaving on loan and that they are waiting for the two clubs to reach an agreement.

The Italian Monza, option for Mingueza

Also working on his departure is Oscar Mingueza, who, after making his first team debut with Ronald Koeman in the 2020-21 season, had a declining performance last season and a virtually residual presence since the arrival of Xavi Hernández on the Barça bench. The defender of Santa Perpètua de Mogoda has a contract until 2023 and, as they remember from his surroundings in ARA, “he is the first to admit that he has not had a good season”.

That’s why Mingueza agrees that a way out should be sought, but he still doesn’t have a solid proposal to convince him on the table. Although his priority would be to continue in the Spanish League (he has maintained contacts with three First Division teams, including Celta, an option that has not materialized, and Girona, which currently does not prioritize his hiring), Sources close to the Catalan center say that the door will not be closed to be transferred to another club in Europe.

In this sense, an option goes to Monza, a team that has just risen for the first time in its history in the Italian Serie A and has Silvio Berlusconi as owner. “It’s an interesting option. It’s a team that wants to do things right and with a coach [Giovanni Stroppa] that bets on the young people “, they resolve from the surroundings of Mingueza. More remote options would go through an exit to some club of the half table of the English Premier League or the German Bundesliga.

In any case, sources close to the player say that while they accept and have assumed that the defender must seek a way out, they are “calm” and will take “the time it takes” to find an option that satisfies the player and where you can have minutes. They regret, however, that a measure of “pressure” is being applied to a home-grown footballer in order to speed up his departure, leaving him out of the preseason and probably out of the team’s tour of the country. United States.



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